Saturday, May 25, 2013


Every now and again I hit a patch where I find myself feeling irritated by to noise.

On particularly bad days I wince when the children are playing exuberantly, and Husband is playing music, or the television is on.  Sometimes even the visual noise on the internet can be too much. All I want to do is crawl into my bedroom, shut the door, curl into a little ball and lose myself in a book.

I’m aware that sensitivity to noise is a symptom of a range of medical conditions (before you flood me with comments diagnosing me with one or another of them). In my case it’s not so much a physical sensitivity - I don’t get headaches or tinnitus, it’s more just a noise fatigue.

I’m pretty sure it’s mostly tiredness-related.  A signal that I’m overdoing things somewhere. I’m down to point 5 on the “Units of Energy” scale my pen-pal sent me:

Units of Energy


Top of the world, no pain, rested and ready


Pain can take 1-2 units, poor sleep can too.


Helping others can take away 1-2 units of energy.


You must take care of yourself or the whole day will be affected


You must take a “shut down” or rest break 10 – 30 min


When energy levels <5 everything is harder to deal with. Noises are too loud, there's too much going on around you, you're moving slower.


At 4 units of energy stop and take a nap.




If you get down to 2 units of energy you become wired tired (too wound up to rest properly)


At this point you really can't function all that well, you trip over your feet easily, have trouble talking, your memory is poor.

It will take 2-3 times as long to recover at this point than it took you to get here.

DSC00701I need to slow down, take things a bit more quietly, make sure I have time to look after me.  Run that hot bath and have a soak in it.  Curl up with that book. Take some iron supplements. Sip some chamomile tea.  Practise some silent, meditative prayer.  I’ll be back to my “normal” self in about a week.

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