Find your “sweet spot” of optimum stimulation.
Once you know how to find your sweet spot of optimal stimulation, you can set up your work, hobbies and social life so as to maximize the amount of time you spend in that sweet spot. When you are in your sweet spot, you are more likely to be focused and productive, plus, you’ll be a whole lot happier!
- Know how to identify when you are under-stimulated.
Whenever you find yourself getting bored, restless, and distracted, you’re probably just under-stimulated. For example, if you’re reading a book and catch yourself reading the same sentence over and over again, you are under-stimulated.
- Know how to identify when you are overstimulated.
If you feel sensory overload and/or anxiety, you could be overstimulated. For example, if you are at a party with loud music and plenty of strangers, and you begin to feel pressured to make small talk above the loud music, you’re probably overstimulated.
- Whenever you are over- or under-stimulated, bring yourself back to your sweet spot of optimal stimulation.
If you are under-stimulated, find an activity to stimulate you; for example, go for lunch with your friends. If you are overstimulated, find a way to reduce the stimuli around you; for example, leave the situation entirely, or find a quieter area where you can have an in-depth conversation with someone.
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