How suckful is noise sensitivity. It rules out watching TV, having conversations if there is any background noise, going to…oh, just about anywhere. Even the noise of the engine can bother me.
The worst is sport, with all the background cheering and whistles then the commentating on top. Horrible. Domayne and Harvey Norman ads. I swear I’m never buying anything from them. Children’s high pitched squealing (sorry mums, I don’t know how you handle it) and thumping, reverberating bass from neighbours or cars. Lawn mowing or leaf blowers mid afternoon, when the rest of the neighbourhood was quiet and I wanted to have a sleep, drove me to distraction. And its not like I could put some music on to drown it out, I just needed *silence*.
There are some pretty awful symptoms when you have chronic fatigue syndrome and not everyone has it. I’m not as sensitive to noise as I used to be, so glad of that! Noise used to hurt me and I’d retreat in the bedroom and be glad I live in reasonably quiet neighbourhood.
Noise cancelling headphones are gold. Beg, borrow or steal a pair if you are travelling. Or take earplugs. Or both. Things seem more peaceful when there is quiet.
There is a lovely part of yoga nidra that has helped me cope when I just wish there was silence. Concentrate on one noise you can hear, then move your attention to another noise, and another. Then listen to your own breath, the noise the air makes in your nostrils as you breathe in and out. This helps me acknowledge, then move on and focus on what I want to focus on.
What bothers you the most or what helps you tune out the noise? Or do you just thump the ceiling with a broom handle until the neighbours quieten down!