I am a sensory nut. I need to see, smell, taste, and touch. Then, I birthed two sensory seeking, sensory repulsed people. When we love a taste, it’s on until we absolutely hate it. Except tacos. Never touch our blankets. Tag are out. If it’s too loud, forget it. What is that smell??!!! May I touch that? I probably should’ve asked before touching it. We are seekers of a sensory buzz.
Finding the warm fuzzies is a fairly universal desire for us human beings. Most often we do it unconsciously, being categorized as preference or like. Some of us are more aware of sensory issues by living with exceptional needs. We are looking for the balance of avoidance versus those warm sensory fuzzies. But what if your awareness in positive sensory behavior could enhance your daily wellness? From mental acuity to de-stress plus possible weight help, social bonding, and more- our sensory endeavors have potential benefits for everyone.
Before we submerge our senses we need to precede with caution. If therapy or medical care is a part of your life or someone in your care, then these may help as “in addition too.” However, ask your professional first.
For your eyes seek bright or soft colors, which one depends on what you need
Most of us have a favorite color and there may be reasons as to why, it’s color psychology. Companies use the study colors to know how to entice your consumer brain. For the purpose here, it’s a tool that may help engage your brain and mental well being. In the general sense, bright/warm colors stimulate your brain. If you feel sluggish, pick one bright color you like and wear it. If you love it, paint a room with it. Or, less commitment option is to paint a piece of furniture. On the other end, if your are stressed, over stimulated, etc then aim for wearing, obtaining, painting with cool/soft/pastel colors. Even a light pink can soothe and brighten. Work towards an array in your closet and mix them up in your living space, different days or hours call for different colors.
Seek soft, weighted, warm, or cool to touch
Feeling sore or stressed? Find warmth in a blanket; in my case, multiple blankets. Texture is important so go with that “gut feeling.” If you tend to heat easily then go light and soft. Personally, it’s fleece. Light compression can be calming. A heavier, but not necessarily warmer blanket may be of benefit. A quilt can have some weight or as I discovered recently in a Yin Yoga class, that a tightly woven blanket (“Mexican Blanket,” “Yoga Blanket”) has a fair amount of weight. There are weighted blankets that can be pricey and a professional would be the one to tell you what weight ratio you need. A quilt or woven blanket have some weight but not enough to require a consultation for most people. Another inexpensive option to calm is simply taking a bath. Water is therapeutic. Hot water with the door locked and kids on the other side is life altering. On the other end, being active in cool water can help workout those nerves and add to positive stimulation. It’s a great option for joint problems and children with lots of energy.
When you need to hear it
If your auditory sense is seeking those chills there are a few simple options. To calm the nerves, slower (classical, jazz, etc), sound of nature, white noise are ear massage options. Listening to a guided meditation can be an option too. If heavy or dull is the feeling then go upbeat. Then add dancing or something similar too it. Movement and music are a powerful combo. Another way to uplift is finding or recording affirmations that are meaningful to you. It repeats to become a memory. You may replay that “track” later when it’s not available but needed.
From a “pick me up” to chill out, sensory seeking can go a long way to help. Look for part two in the near future. Subscribe for your convenience. We still need to address our olfactory sense and of course, food!
Namaste in your warm fuzzy endeavors