Frazzled brain. Check.
Unidentifiable substance on T-shirt. Check.
Spongebob Squarepants blaring in the background. Check.
And to top it all off, you’ve got a piece of toast hanging from your hair.
It’s finally happened. You’ve become a poster child for the overwhelmed, stressed-out, overstimulated parent.
And the truth is, your brain is struggling to cope.
Parenting: It’s a challenge that puts every shred of patience and brainpower to the test. Through all the sleepless nights, never-ending tantrums, and zero chance for self-care, you’re also running on pure caffeine and adrenaline – it’s no wonder that you feel like a big ball of stress most of the time.
And when you combine all of that with having to remember the million and one tasks you have to do that day, your brain can go into overload.
The thing is, while all parents can feel overwhelmed at times, the stress you’re experiencing may be a result of sensory overload. It’s no big surprise, right? As a parent the noise levels you experience are constant – from wake-up through to bedtime (and sometimes throughout the night!).
And when sensory overload occurs, it’s easy to second-guess yourself. What’s wrong with me? Why am I not coping? Maybe I’m not cut out to be a parent after all…
Time to stop being hard on yourself. The world is becoming increasingly fast-paced, with added noise and pressures that are enough for any parent to experience sensory overload – let alone if you find yourself living with noise sensitivity.
In this blog post we’re going to take an up-close look at parent sensory overload. What it is, how to recognize it, and most importantly how to manage overstimulation.
Here we go.