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5 Steps to Creating a Sensory Safe Haven - Increase Productivity and Decrease Anxiety



Managing your sensory needs is as important as showering or brushing your teeth.


At least in my book.


Giving yourself a sensory safe haven is a pivotal part of that. Whether it be your office or a cozy nook to read in, creating a space in tune with your sensory needs can increase your productivity and decrease the symptoms of your neurodivergence.


Sensory safe havens are one of my favorite methods of managing ADHD and Autism symptoms.


Step 1:

Figure out what this space is going to be used for.


How are you going to use this space? Is this for decompressing? Or is it a space for you to work or study? Keep this intention in mind while going through the following steps. If you are creating a sensory-safe workspace, you'll likely want a swivel desk chair rather than a bean bag. If you are creating a relaxation area, it's possible you'll want a galaxy projector for lighting rather than a desk lamp.





Step 2:

Pick out a space just for you.

This can be a bedroom, a corner of a room, under the stairs, or even a closet. (Pro Tip: mine is my closet, works great!) Pay attention to the sensory input in these areas. Is there a lot of natural light? Noise? Foot traffic? What inputs can you control, and what is out of your control? If there is too much out of your control, that may not be the best spot for your sensory safe haven.





Step 3:

Switch up the lighting.

Identify what type of lighting works best for you. Explore colors, intensity, and types. I personally enjoy fairy lights around the ceiling and a small desk lamp with a warm white bulb. (It gives off that yellow hue rather than the bright white). Don't limit yourself to the standard bulbs. Notice how you feel with purples, pinks, greens, and blues. The options are endless!





Step 4:

Pick the perfect seat.

What do you find comfort in when you're in sensory overload? Seating in your sensory safe haven could include bean bags, swings, or swivel chairs. Pick one or pick them all; just ensure they work for you and your intention for this space.



Step 5:

Fill 'er up.

Fill this space up with sensory-friendly items!



Some ideas can include:

  • sound machines

  • earplugs

  • headphones

  • weighted blanket

  • weighted stuffed animals

  • fidget toys







What would you put in your sensory safe space? Let us know in the comments below!



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Fidget Toy Pack


Weighted Blanket


Headphones


Ear Plugs


Moon Lamp



Projector


LED Light Strips


Sensory Swing


Bean Bag Chair


Balance Ball Chair


Noise Machine





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