What Does it Mean to be Sensory Sensitive?
Our senses help us to explore the world around us, they are the means by which we process the light/sights and sounds within our everyday. They are responsible for how we recognise our internal needs, such as emotions and hunger and they are also responsible for how we process our environment; visually with our eyes and proprioceptively through our body.
Our senses bring us immense joy and they are responsible for some of our happiest moments. It is our senses that help us create happiness and hygge within our lives, share connection with friends and bring depth and colour to how we experience our world.
Without these senses there would be no colour, scent or sound - life would be dull!
For those of us who are sensory sensitive the way that the sensory information is communicated in our body causes differences to how we process and in turn perceive the world around us. Rather than our senses being processed in a ‘typical’ way they are instead experienced through a fluctuation of intensity and confused communication. This can cause heightened responses to our surroundings and we can find certain situations too intense.
We may avoid certain sensory experiences because they cause us discomfort and/or pain. We may also seek unhelpful sensory experiences because they bring us comfort and/or assist regulation. For many of us the world can become overwhelming, leaving the very thing that brings us so much joy the same thing that stops us from accessing the life experiences that we want to participate in - In turn limiting how we enjoy the world.
Realising that we are sensory sensitive in our late teens or as an adult can cause us to feel many emotions. When recognising my sensory sensitivities in my 30’s after these differences were identified in my children, I felt alone, confused and without sight of how to adjust to the world around me. More than anything I wanted peace from the bombardment of rapid thinking, fatigue and exhaustion that sensory processing was causing me.
When faced with the realisation that we are sensory sensitive we have two choices!
1) We can remove or avoid the situations that causes us the discomfort. Closing down our experiences to what we feel most comfortable with.
2) We can create supports and adaptions that work for us so that we can comfortably do all the things that we would like to do within our life.
By choosing a sensory support package such as Hygge Me Calm you are demonstrating that you are at the point of action to support yourself within the regulation of your sensory needs. The Hygge Me Calm Package is designed to support your ‘at home’ sensory regulation needs but it is recognised that your sensory supports need to extend to all areas of your day and therefore throughout the day suggestions have been given where appropriate. The supports provided are far from an exhaustive list and as Hygge Me grows additional support packages will be launched to support your other regulation needs such as travel, work and study.
Included in your Hygge Me Calm support package…
Five beautifully hand blended aromatherapy scents that will wake you up, calm you down and support relaxation!
An aromatherapy eye pillow in classic, stylish liberty print!
Aromatherapy putty and oral supports to calm your nervous system and assist sensory regulation.
Exclusive Calm Log in area on website with articles posted monthly.
For the purpose of this article I will concentrate on explaining how you can use Hygge Me Calm to support your sensory regulation, ease the experience of anxiety and help you calm and relax in order to gain a better nights sleep!
Of course creating new habits is not an easy process. If it was then you wouldn’t be reading this now. Creating new habits takes time, patience and lots and lots of repetition. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for sensory and anxiety support but rather our ethos at Hygge Me is to provide you with the framework and support for you to explore what works best for you.
The Hygge Me Calm package includes proprioceptive supports to ease body regulation and olfactory supports to calm anxiety. The strategies included in the package compliment the products so that you can gain the most benefit from the supports offered.
Included with the package are breathing techniques which will help when you are in a place of anxiety or you would like to relax and take your body to a place of calm, but it is the muscle relaxation, Moh-doh and steel straw set, that are your proprioceptive supports and act as a way of supporting better communication between your senses, which in turn support regulation of your nervous system and in turn promote calm.
the supports and strategies included in hygge me calm act as a way to promote:
Feeling calmer/happier/more emotionally balanced.
Improved balance/body and spatial awareness
Like anything new, it takes time to create a new sensory routine but by using Hygge Me Calm supports regularly and making them part of your day to day life, you will benefit from the increased feelings of calm and feel more empowered to support yourself when difficult situations arise. I hope you have enjoyed this article and I welcome questions so please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to help,
Love to your sensory self,
Jess x x