Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sensory Overload

Have you ever had situations where the noise of the world is competing so fiercely with the thoughts in your head, that you feel like you're going insane?

No? Just me?

Recently, I've had instances where I need absolute silence or I feel like I'm going to crawl out of my skin.

Let me start off with the fact that I work in a radio station, so I'm surrounded constantly by music (duh, Jessica). Most of the time, I love it. However, sometimes, the different genres do not meld well and it creates NOISE.

About a week ago, I got in my car and was just so in need of silence. I turned off the radio and just drove in silence.

Then, last night we had a concert. It was non-stop NOISE for about five hours. I couldn't get away from it.

Enter this morning.... I'm tired, I'm kind of cranky, and I'm slow.

Then, in a single instance, I got bombarded with about five different sounds at one time. So, I posted this on FB...........

Jessica feels like she's going insane...... I can hear whatever is coming out of WABC, WXYZ is playing "How Bizarre", someone is blaring Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", and then someone is laughing really, really loud. #SensoryOverload.

Only, then one of my coworkers took slight offense because she apparently was one of the people laughing. I honestly couldn't tell who it was.

Regardless..... whoops on ticking someone off.

My whole point is that sometimes it becomes too much. God gave us five senses, but sometimes they can be overloaded.

I feel deep, deep sympathy for people with SI issues/Autism/Aspergers/etc who go through this 24 hours a day.

Honestly, I don't know what my MAIN point is............. just that I need to find a quiet corner and quick.


Marianne said...

Totally understand. Hope you find the peace and quiet you need soon.

& to the person who was offended by your status... sounds like she is either a. insecure or b. needs to gain some perspective on things that really matter.

Sonya said...

Yes, sometimes you just need quiet.

Justine said...

i totally get it. silence makes me uncomfortable and stir crazy unless i'm reading, but i HATE when two things are on at once. Like the tv and the radio? OhMyGosh! It nearly drives me insane!!!!

Brittany Ann said...

I'm a loud person, and I love the interaction, but sometimes, I'm the same way. I just can't take the outside interference!

Lil' Woman said...

It wasn't like you were exclusively directing it to that coworker...a girl just needs some peace and quiet some time

Gina said...

I'm 2384023 kinds of loud. But every so often, I feel just like you do.

Michael and Hannah said...

Jess, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I miss Suz every single day. I'm embarrassed you saw me at the princess event - I was especially flustered that day! I don't know why I haven't figured out yet that I should never venture into large crowds with all 3 of my kids without bringing back-up!!