Our senses determine how we understand the world and respond to it. In fact, the only way we know anything about the world, and our own bodies, is through our senses!
Whether we are able to respond in a way that is helpful to us depends on whether our brain is able to take in the right amount of information, filter out the unimportant stuff, and put all the pieces of the puzzle together. This can affect our emotions, both positively and negatively.
Sometimes we can become overwhelmed by sensory information. When this happens, the limbic system takes control. This is the area of our brain responsible for basic, emotional responses and our survival instinct – the fight, flight, or freeze response. It can be very hard to function in this mode, and sometimes people use prescription medication, alcohol, or drugs to dampen down their over-responsive sensory systems.
Not having enough sensory information can be anxiety provoking too – how can we feel safe and respond to the world around us, if we don’t have enough information to make sense of it? Anxiety can lead to people avoiding situations they don’t feel able to manage, but unfortunately that can make things worse. In the absence of sensory information connected to movement, our other senses, particularly our vision and hearing, overcompensate, so can then become over-sensitive.
The potential for using our senses to improve our wellbeing is great - but it's difficult to unpick. That is why Sensaround was created.
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