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This is how you deal with noise when you’re highly sensitive

10 Jul '2018 Knops

To a certain degree, we’re all sensitive to noise. But when you’re a highly sensitive person, noise can be extremely invasive, distressing and overstimulating.

What makes being a highly sensitive person makes life extra difficult is that many people don’t even hear those sounds. That’s why you can be perceived as ‘picky’ or ‘high maintenance’. It’s especially troublesome in work surroundings where you can’t just get up and leave to go somewhere else. Think of that faint buzzing sound of neon light fixtures, a squeaking fan in the air conditioner or the ticking of an alarm clock. Your co-workers maybe don’t even notice it while you could run up against the wall.highly sensitive


When you get overstimulated by noise you get grumpy and irritable. You also might hear hurtful statements that you’re ‘too sensitive’. The thing is: it’s not something you choose. Think of yourself as a radio. It doesn’t ‘choose’ whether or not to receive a signal, it just does. What you can do though, is teach yourself life skills to help you manage all that noise pollution.

A white noise machine can help to muffle the sounds that have been bothering you. You could also listen to ‘nature music’. The sound of rain or waves distracts you from the noise and is at the same time very calming. It helps you to ‘re-focus’ your listening attention.

Knops help you to block out the noise too. With this volume button for your ears, you decide how loud the world enters your soul. We live in a world that gets louder every day. Except if you’d want to live in a ghost town for the rest of your life, there almost isn’t an escape. Since we can’t expect the world to change and accommodate our needs, we must simply find ways to not let that noise interfere with your peace of mind. Try to find your inner happy place, practice meditation and take practical measures to cope.


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