4 Ways To Overcome Commuting Sensory Overload

dyspraxia sensory overload

Dyspraxic commuting is necessary. But with the way the transport system can be simple things like getting on a packed tracked to get to  work can be challenging and drain us due to the dyspraxia before we even start work.

With dyspraxia your senses have to deal with different people’s stuff, when I say stuff, check out my brain thoughts…

Dyspraxia & hygiene thoughts – “What is that smell? Why is this pole greasy? Did I bring my sanitiser? oh my gosh is that me…that person looks dodgy”(yes ladies and gentleman, my dyspraxia also has paranoia too ;))

Dyspraxia & Eye contact – “Why is that person staring at me? Gosh did I forget to fully dress…why is that person so intense?”

Dyspraxia thoughts on manners – My stop is coming up in like 4 stops but there are so many people, I have to be loud enough to say excuse me please,  but with advance notice, also I need to make sure I don’t barge people out of the way. But you also I have to…

Dyspraxia thoughts out loud – I’m so sorry! (**after thought**) Was I too loud? Or aggressive?

It’s a lot to deal with and frankly my dear that alone can make me want to stay at home just thinking about it…

dyspraxic commuting

There is a lack of control when it comes to commuting that actually account for the misery that everyone encounters on their commute

  1. Having your personal space being violated. An example of this violation is being squeezed into a sardine-tin train.
  2. The unpredictability of the transport system. With over delays such as congestion, red light signal failures, people who are ill on the train there is always something causing delays.  Cancelled trains, which already number as many as 250 a day, make the surviving services crowded, I used to have to stand up all the way to London on the 6am Kent train…boooo.

So how do you overcome all this sensory overload when commuting?

Dyspraxic commuting tip #1 be a master reframer

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Sometimes the frame is more important than the picture. You can say something to yourself that was meant to inspire you but will crush you. Compliment yourself for the right things so you repeat the behaviour. 

I can control my frame. Depression, anxiety may be there but my faith will give me focus, what to put in the frame.

Here’s my frame of reference – When I had to get stitches in ER, had to wait 4 hours… I reframed the situation because I looked through a different lens. It’s almost like a reframe game:


Start with the end in mind. If you become an active commuter by focusing on the commute beyond getting to work, then you will always perceive the situation of commuting as winning. Cross items off your to-do list. With the average commuter spending 54 minutes a day commuting you can read/listen to one book a week, you are much richer because you have time for you.

Dyspraxic commuting tip #2 Be grateful

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Your time off commuting is something to be celebrated. Enjoy the journey to work and enjoy the journey back and the whole reason you work in the first place.

Dyspraxic commuting tip #3 Focus On Your Priorities

As a dyspraxic you probably have millions of things you want to do, but making sure you have your priorities in order is vital. As a dyspraxic you want to make sure you are hitting gold and fundamental shifts when you are deciding on what projects or tasks to undertake.  So on your dyspraxic commute this is your ideal time to draw out a priority matrix based on the image below and get to it: priority matrix


Dyspraxic commuting tip #4 Be Calm

It is almost inevitable that the complex difficulties associated with dyspraxia will mean you get stressed, even if you are mildly dyspraxic. So here is a meditation you can try before bedtime

So those are 4 ways to help with dyspraxic sensory overload, do you have any others? Do you find these useful? Am I totally the only one that has this issue? So many questions…you guys wanna answer?

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/08/all-aboard-southern-trains-disaster-commuters-caught-in-war-on-rails


About the author

Ruth henry-ovid

As a dyspraxic, dyslexic and unofficial autistic woman I find ways to better improve my life and others who make a choice to improve their lives as well. Certified inbound marketer, coach and public speaker. Founder of @tryxavietime and @celebratedhub an avid fan of all things that help people and businesses grow!

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