One my most challenging parts about being autistic is navigating an environment that is overstimulating.
My brain and body has to work extra hard to block out or process everything going on around me.
I have to self-regulate my body and emotional reactions.
Everything most people experience such as smell, noise, light, touch and emotions, I experience it 100 times more.
Managing large crowds and noise at times can be very difficult.
I find following conversations with excess noise in the background difficult and often am confused.
I have learnt ways to self-regulate however the next day I feel mentally drained and fatigued.
I need to rest and recover from what I call a social hangover.
It’s important to understand and identify your own limits.