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Yesterday, I wrote a different kind of clutter in Saying Bye to Clutter. I called it mind clutter. The idea of mind clutter being a part of this technological world is not strange at all. We are connected to the world-wide web, the television, and loads of reading material. We have jobs, families, and house work to do. We are constantly barraged by a cacophony of advertisement, telling us what we need to have or not have. The buzz seems incessant, this unceasing world of shoulds and desires. It is overwhelming, and we do not even know it.
Today, I turned off the television, but not forever; however, I almost wonder if I should. Immediately, I felt calmer without the noise coming into the room. Can you identify with this?
Adrienne Dellwo has written an excellent article on Sensory Overload in Fibromyalgia. Much of what is said for FMS seems to be true in CFS too. In fact, it can make one wonder if it is the same illness; however, I know I had the symptoms of FMS long before I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When you look at sensory overload, it is comparable to other conditions that also are affected by too much input, such as Autism or ADD. Focus is lost when you have too much information coming in.
Causes of sensory overload could be:
- bright lights
- flashing lights
- chaos at home or what feels like chaos too you
- busy stores with the noises, the shelves filled to the brim, the bright lights
- multi-tasking, such as watching television and using your computer at the same time
- working in a busy office with constant demands on your time and attention
- riding in a car and feeling the constant jiggle and hum of being on the road
- situations that are out of the ordinary, such as having visitors or repairmen coming to your home
- hearing the multiple sounds at a sports event
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- or stuck in a rut?
- or mesmerized by the constant sight and sound on the television or computer?
- or burying your loneliness and frustration by covering them up?
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