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  • Writer's pictureLaura

The world is overwhelming, but it isn't your fault.

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Do you sleep well?

Sometimes, but often not.

Are you tense - do you feel stressed?

Yes. Most of the time. I have to do a lot to be able to relax. At night, I sleep with industrial ear plugs, blackout blinds, a mouth guard, a new ….

Ok, ok. So you are stressed. What do you think is making you this way?

Well, it’s just how things are. Everything. The noise, the bustle, the rush, so much expected of me.

So you are under pressure right now?

Well yes, but I’m talking about things generally.

Ok, but what is making you this stressed?

Well, erm, it’s just the way things are. Basically, the world is overwhelming.


Have you had one of these conversations before?

Chances are, if you’re here now reading this then you are probably someone who is like us. Someone who has at times, or often felt overwhelmed with the world. Perhaps you’re someone with a busy life, a crazy schedule or someone who is going through a lot right now.

Whatever your circumstances, I want you to know that you’re not alone.

A monochrome photo of a pine tree forest with shafts of light coming through the trees.
Sanctuary from an overwhelming world.

The world is overwhelming, but that isn’t our fault. We live in a crazy fucking society. A society that tells us we need to be resilient when so much has gone wrong. Where people are worrying about where they are going to live, how they going to earn an income, and how they are going to care for loved ones who need support. The list goes on.

With all of this external noise, the world’s problems quickly become our own. It’s not easy to detach from, because whether we like it or not, we are all a part of this world.


For those of us who are different, the world is very different through our eyes.

Let’s talk about autism. Imagine walking into a room today, nothing intense, maybe just your kitchen. Now imagine this. Rather than the quiet ticking of the clock greeting you, an echoing drum beats loud blasts, and a screaming fridge fan rages at you. Your kitchen lights are glaring and swimming, making you feel as though you’ve just entered some kind of rave. Your beloved dog barks for its breakfast but that bark makes you shake. It vibrates through you because sudden and unexpected loud noises are the worst. The suddenness of a door banging, the dropping of a spoon, the chattering of your family. All competing sounds that your brain gets muddled, blurring them all into one fine mess. This is before you have even ventured out into the outer wilder world.

Now, imagine what being in this state does to our minds, bodies and lives over time. Imagine if every time you saw a doctor, the cause of your illness was stress. Imagine if every time you made a decision in your life, you had to first think about sensory overwhelm, the anxieties of being around people, the stress of society and its digital overload culture. We can’t change the kitchen, but the outer world influences how loud it sounds.

Many people find the world overwhelming, but for those of us with autism there are extra layers to navigate.

I wish that people could truly see the world through our eyes. Maybe if they did, the world would be less overwhelming.


If you can relate to this blog, or you would like to discuss your own experience of trying to survive in a completely overwhelming world, feel free to join us over on the Aunty Social Forum.


Aug 24, 2023

I don't have autism. But I have been in a position where the world can be overwhelming because of my sensory issues I have and ever since the lockdowns we had, that did not help for me and I have to take each day as it comes.

Since being in new evening beginning of August and what has gone on there I am getting stressed and I am having fatigue crashes. I put my notice in although my employer doesn't want me to go and my last day is Friday. I am still struggling and I feel overwhelmed.

We are trying something different tonight. They, (my boss and new cleaner) are hoping I won't go. Whether I will end up…

Aug 24, 2023
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Hi Liz,

Thanks for reading. The world is indeed an overwhelming place, life can hit out and quickly take us into its darker rooms if we don't check in with ourselves. I think the last few years have really changed us all in some way.

I'm sorry to read that your work situation is difficult. Work is such a big part of life for many of us, it sounds as though you are really fighting through your situation there. Whether it works or not, know that you have tried and that if it isn't for you that isn't your fault. As in this post, the world is overwhelming but you are not alone. Whenever we are facing a battle, there…

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