Draining Your Social Battery
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Tips for Handling Sensory Overload
Make a catalog of all the things that negatively impact your senses while at work. Consider all five of your senses, sight, sound, smell, touch/texture, taste, when you do this.
Try to rank order them, if possible, in order of what bothers you the most.
This week, pick one thing from the top of your list and see if there is something you could do that would help. Often it’s a small change that can make a big difference for you.
- Consider joining a support group to discuss these challenges and practice coping techniques.
Wear noise cancellation headphones,
Eat lunch out of the office. Especially if you have a coworker that is eating something that smells offensive.
Keep a hat at your desk if you need to block out lights while you work,
Shift where you sit at your desk or in your office to reduce the number of visual distractions,
Consider working from home once a week, if telecommuting is possible
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About the Author
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. She is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private practice in Palo Alto, near San Francisco, CA. She specializes in social skills groups.