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:
I 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.