My time at the Nia White Belt training involved more consistent stimulation and activity than I’ve experienced in over a year. My schedule was generally 8 am-5:30 p.m., with an hour and a half break for lunch.
The week involved a lot of sensory stimuli, including movement, touch, and music. And while I was definitely tired at the end, I definitely felt like it was mostly good stimulation. I felt fed by the experience, what I was learning, my classmates.
I put in my earplugs twice – once when the music seemed too loud during class, and another time when I felt overstimulated. I went outside for lunch, and then put in earplugs when I returned so the sounds would be a little quieter. When we shared how we were after lunch, my three words were: sleepy, overstimulated, and grounded. I know the last two seem like polar opposites, but it also felt true – and like a victory. I wrapped a yoga blanket around myself and it helped me feel more contained during the afternoon session.
I felt most overstimulated at the celebration post-graduation at a local restaurant. There were a lot of people talking and I had to focus to pay attention to one conversation. I had a moment where I was like, “oh” and closed my eyes for a moment to take away one stimulus. It was definitely a reminder that these kinds of situations can be challenging for me.