If you find the all the noises of parenting overwhelming, stressful, or anxiety-inducing, you’re not alone. It might not be discussed much, but parent sensory overload is more common than you might think. When there’s too much information for your brain to process, it can cause overstimulation – which can, in turn, release stress hormones.
Sensory overload can happen to anyone at any time of their life, but when you’re a tired parent, running low on sleep and with a million things to deal with, it can make overstimulation in parents more likely.
And that can mean that noises can cause sensory overload, causing you to feel agitated, frustrated, restless, anxious, stressed and unable to focus. You might find yourself snapping at your kids, struggling to focus at work, or unable to concentrate on the pile of chores.
Earplugs can help to take the edge off. They reduce noise levels, so that distracting overwhelming sounds – from the washing machine to loud toys - are more tolerable. That can help to make you feel calmer, and less likely to be overstimulated by noise – meaning you can better support your kids, while looking after your own mental health, too.