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.