Hey everyone! It’s Christmas time once again and everywhere I look I see those with Sensory Processing Disorder going crazy!
Why? Because when folks with SPD get stressed, our symptoms come out even more than usual.
Most people experience stress during the holidays, so it is “normal” for us with SPD to experience stress too, but unlike others, our stress is doubled. Again you ask why? It’s because not only do we have to do more activities/chores, we also have panic attacks because of the lines in the stores, the lights on the Christmas tree creates headaches and fatigue, and the sound of ripping paper, crowds talking, people eating makes us want to run and hide.
All of these normal SPD triggers are piled on top of what “normal” people experience during the holidays! Even the strongest person would be slightly nuts with all this going on at the same time!
So what can we do?
Honestly, the only answer to that question is: what ever you were doing before the holidays that helped your SPD, keep doing it even more!
As life feels more and more out of control, be firm and focused on doing what helps your body.
Commit to your sensory diet and seriously set aside time to be in your sanctuary. Constantly keep an inner eye on what your body is saying to you.
Use your sensory tools everywhere you go and in every situation, even if you don’t think you “need” it. Because the more you use them, the more you’ll build up, what I call, a “sensory reserve”, so that when you do get into a situation that really triggers you’re SPD, then your body will have a fuller tank, instead of drawing from the bottom.
Above all, be careful with your time…
I know that there are a LOT of activities during the holidays! We all have relatives, friends, and co-workers who expect us to be doing certain things during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we should fill every inch of our lives with activities.
Don’t be afraid to say No to the minor stuff, so you can have time, energy, and sanity for the important stuff!
I know it’s hard… I am a born people pleaser, so saying No is not easy at all! But we need to be an advocate for our own body and our own sanity. Because if we don’t stand up for what our body needs, who will?
Time to take a break…
Really there are always a few things that we can take a break from. For instance, I will be taking a break from blogging for a while. I will not be posting any posts on this site nor on my website until after the new year.
I really wish I could keep writing through the holidays, because I really like writing my blog, but I know that I will NOT have the time, the energy, or the brain capacity.
And that’s the way with all activities… we want to do them, but our energy and ability is limit, therefore our time is limited.
Take a few minutes to examine what you are doing. Figure out what things are really, really important, what things aren’t so much, and then decide to take a short break from some of those things.
In the meantime…
I know holidays are stressful, but don’t let the stress overshadow the fun and the memories.
Where ever you are, what ever your doing, enjoy that moment to the fullest! Stretch your limitations a little and don’t forget to treasure the people you love!
Our SPD can help others see their world in a better way. So try not to get constantly frustrated at your SPD and allow God to work through your SPD during this holiday season. It’s hard, but it is well worth the effort.
I’m going to do more than survive this Christmas and New Years… I’m going to savor it! I hope that we all will do the same!
Need something to do while your relaxing from your holiday activities? Come on over and check out my new Website. I am in the process of transferring all my blog posts and I will be permanently moving there within the next few months. So it’s a great time to check it out and sign up for my new email list over there, that way you’ll never miss anything.
My new website is: Annettanesler.com (moving permanently soon after January 31th)