I have Sensory Processing Disorder and the struggle is very real. As a child I was in constant battle with the world around me…as well as my parents and teachers. I’d often retreat to the woods behind my house where I built a tree fort to escape the chaos and drama and seek much-needed solitude. That was where I found peace, and I spent hours talking to the various insects and birds that accepted me and my quirky, special need for quiet time.
As an adult, I’ve learned that throwing myself on the floor while kicking and screaming isn’t a socially acceptable way to deal with the overwhelming sensory input that my brain fails to process properly. But the disorder continues to wreak havoc in my everyday life. For example, in order to survive the corporate cubicle world where I work, I have to wear noise-canceling headphones all day long, but this isn’t ideal for inspiring creativity or productivity.
I no longer have a treehouse or secret fort deep in the woods that I can retreat to as an adult. Unfortunately. However, there IS one thing I’ve found that truly calms my stress and melts away the chaos and discomfort of my hyper-sensitive sensory system. That one thing is drawing.
Hours and hours quickly pass by as I lose myself into the calming effects of creating art. It’s therapeutic, even magical, how the brain can focus and relax when putting pen to paper. Somehow, it makes my otherwise debilitating disorder simply seem to disappear. Ahhhhhhhh!
I have found the miracle cure! It restores energy and provides an outlet that is both safe and exhilarating! And there’s no nasty side effects!!
As a result of all my recent drawing, I put together 30 detailed, hand-drawn illustrations and turned them into an expert level coloring book. It’s available now from Amazon.com.
Have you ever tried coloring or drawing to help with your own disorder, chronic pain, stress or anxiety? If so, please leave a comment. I would love to know how art therapy helps you too. And I would REALLY love for you to try my new coloring book.
It works. It REALLY works! ENJOY!
For more insights about how I perceive the world with a sensory disorder, and how I overcome a world of chaos and misunderstanding, please watch my TED Talk:
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