The First Environment was Overstimulating, The Second Environment was Understimulating, but the Last Environment was Just Right
The trick is finding balance by learning what different types of stimuli can help us in the various situations and environments we find ourselves in.
Some (but not all) NeuroDivergent People struggle to regulate the various forms of energy we all experience day to day (such as emotional energy, sensory energy, and, with ADHDers - dopamine levels). There are other types of energy people encounter. However, today, I will focus on these three.
Because our world is tailored towards people who fall within averages in all of the previously mentioned energy types, those who require more (or less) of various stimuli are often left trying to regulate in a world that isn't set up for us.
Many of us are walking on a dangerous edge, constantly fighting off over and under-stimulation of various kinds, in a society with little compassion for those who struggle in this area (and will often blame and punish us if we cannot regulate ourselves).
Overstimulation and under-stimulation can harm our health, lives, and safety. Still, overstimulation is more detrimental to my life than understimulation, as things tend to escalate quickly if I become overstimulated.
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