Shopping without Panicking

The idea of listening to music while shopping is interesting to me. Music is often helpful in balancing my mood, but I apparently have sensory overload issues, which when I think about it, has been pretty obvious for most of my life.

Part of my issue is that I can’t exist outside of my surroundings. That is, I have to be hyper aware of my surroundings to give myself as much time as possible to prepare any necessary responses; especially social ones.

My upcoming shopping trip has got me trying to figure out how to get through it without a panic attack. This will be a long trip and possibly two stores. Even worse for my anxiety. So it got me thinking about my friend who listens to music to get through the chore.

I couldn’t do it. If I can’t hear my surroundings, things would catch me off guard. I would feel cut off and begin to panic. If I kept it quiet enough to also hear everything else, it would cause a sensory overload, and so panic attack.

Maybe if I just focus on grabbing a bit of what I need at both places and treat myself to some yarn and coffee and music on the way home, that might make the task more bearable.

Published by adg34

Wife, mother, massage therapist, crafter, book lover, and nature lover.

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