How overstimulation is ruining your life (2023)


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- During certain periods of my life, I have a very difficult time.

Focusing on pretty much anything important or difficult.


These periods, it seems almost impossible to break out of the social media limbo, where you're just constantly switching between tabs, refreshing pages, kind of waiting for something interesting to happen, like for someone to post, a cool photo on Instagram or something.

You're kind of waiting to be entertained.


If you actually have to apply yourself, it's, extremely difficult, borderline painful, to do so., And, I'm, pretty sure almost everyone can relate to this problem.

I'm sure you've seen a lot of videos on YouTube giving you little tips and tricks as to how to focus better, including my own channel.

But there are very few videos kind of diving in, talking about why it's so difficult to focus on hard things., You, know, like, what's, the deal? Why can't.

We just sit down and do something important with very little strain?, Why aren't.

We motivated to do the things that would significantly advance us further in our lives? Because it's, not like we don't want those things.

It's just hard.

So in this video, I want to dive into why we procrastinate, why it's so hard to do important things, because knowing how this all works helps us carve out a long-term solution.

It can help us permanently solve this problem.

And that may sound really ambitious, but I do believe it is possible.

But, first, we kind of have to discover a little bit more about our human brain.

So, weird thing about our human brain, our human brain; I'm, really trying to convince you that I'm human;.

The weird thing about the brain is that it pretty much hasn't changed for thousands of years.

We share, for the most part, the exact same brain as our hunter-gatherer ancestors.


This is the type of brain that was evolved to scan vast valleys for the prospect of food or a fresh kill, and absolutely light up and get excited at the sight of an antelope.

So you can gather your friends together and run after it, kill it.

This is the kind of brain that, as you're kind of going through a berry bush.

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And you find a juicy berry, you're, super excited., You eat the berry.

And it pretty much makes your day.


Know, it's, not really exciting stuff., There wasn't, a lot of stuff to do back then, but that's just kind of the way it was.


The reason why we were motivated to go run after an antelope or eat.

A fresh berry is the same reason.

Wow, is the same reason we're motivated to go on Facebook and.

You know, check our notifications, go on Instagram.

Et cetera.

The reason, why we're motivated to do any of this stuff is because of a brain chemical called dopamine.


You've probably seen a lot of videos on YouTube, if you're into self-improvement, about dopamine.

But dopamine is kind of misunderstood, because most people think it's the feel-good chemical.

It's, a brain chemical that's released when you're experiencing pleasure.


The reason why you experience pleasure, but that's, not exactly true, because dopamine is the motivating brain.


Dopamine is what's released when you feel like you're about to be rewarded, or when you feel like you're about to experience something pleasurable.

When, your ancient ancestors saw the antelope frolic across the field.

They got a squirt of dopamine, which motivated them to go kill it.


You see a notification pop up on Facebook.

You get a squirt of dopamine, which motivates you to click it.


What this means is that dopamine is what controls your motivation.

- Thank you.



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Why is this important? Despite? The fact that we share the exact same brains as our hunter-gatherer ancestors,? We don't live in that world, anymore.

We live in a world of super normal stimuli, through ferocious technological advancement and capitalistic, ventures, or whatever you want to call it.

We live in a world where things are designed to be as pleasurable as humanly possible.


What super normal stimuli does is it hijacks? Our natural reward pathways.

It tricks, our brain into thinking, we are about to do something so important for our survival that we have an almost irresistible urge towards doing that.


A good example of this is junk.


Food is integral for our survival, and high-calorie foods are usually even more important for our survival.


You know, they'll, keep us alive.

Longer., The, more calories, the longer we'll live, roughly speaking.


What junk food does is it's mechanically engineered to be as high-fat, high-calorie as possible.


When we get that beautiful, when we eat that beautiful potato chip, our brain remembers that.


The next time we see a bag of potato chips at the grocery store, there's, a huge amount of dopamine.

That's released, motivating you to go grab that reward, that reward that's integral for your survival.


We almost become slaves to our dopamine.


We, almost just go where our dopamine system tells us to go.


Why we get into kind of social media binge because our brain is telling us to stay on these social media sites, because there's a chance that we might get a reward.

We might get social validation, or we might be able to look at something kind of stimulating and naughty.

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It's, the dopamine system, that's telling us and motivating us to stay there.


What does this all mean? If we're bringing this all together? Basically, for most of us who have difficulty focusing? And we find it really, really difficult to be motivated to do harder things, that is only because we have reprogrammed our brain to fall for this, super normal stimuli, rather than normal stimuli, natural stimuli, because it's not that these natural rewards aren't rewarding, they're, just less rewarding than the artificial super normal rewards.


The long-term solution to be able to focus on boring things, is to reprogram our brain to remember that these things are actually pleasurable, and really good for us, and integral for our survival.


This isn't just about a dopamine fast for a couple of days, or something like that., We almost need to reset our baseline.


We need to think about how much stimulation we want in our lives.

What kind of super normal stimulus.

Do we want to take part in?, You, know, I've noticed in my own life that when I'm camping for a long period of time, and there isn't much to do other than figure out how to cook a fish over a fire, or set up my tent, or go for a walk in the woods, or go swimming, or lay on the sand, in these situations, little things like having a conversation with a sibling or a friend becomes immensely pleasurable.


The same reason why people who break out of an addiction cycle, they stop doing their immensely pleasurable thing, cold, turkey, after a certain amount of time, they find an increased enjoyment out of life.


Pretty much everything in life becomes more enjoyable.

They start to find motivation to do things other than their addiction.

You, know, it's, something that I also noticed during the quarantine, why it was so hard for me to find my work ethic, again.


Because all that time inside made me an Internet addict.

I spent so much time looking at screens that my baseline of dopamine and stimulation was so high that the more boring things became almost painful to do in comparison.

The disparity of stimulation became so vast that I felt physical pain, trying to do harder things.

So, if we're able to find a way to genuinely enjoy the things that make our lives better.

Then what are we doing? Like,? Why don't we just go and do that? I really want to challenge you guys over the next couple of weeks or months to really think about how much stimulation you want to invite into your life., You, know, what's, actually, adding value to your life? And? Can you reduce the amount of super normal stimuli that you're indulging in on a daily basis? You may actually find that by reducing your amount of time on social media or on YouTube, or eating junk food, or you name it, you may actually come to genuinely look forward to socializing.

You might actually look forward to reading a book.

You might actually be motivated to go to the gym.

There will be that dopamine driver pointing you in that direction, creating an irresistible urge to go to the gym, like, who would have thought that's, possible? And.

It is as possible, 'cause, it's, science., One way that I'm going to make sure I stick to this over the next month, at least, is I made a list of a large amount of things that are fairly low-stimulus that I can do instead of doing a more stimulating alternative.

That includes things like going for a walk, reading a book, talking with a friend, Skyping, a friend, going to the gym.

By having that list in your hand, you'll have a automatic response to that urge to go do the thing, like.

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You know, eat a bag of chips or something., So, I'll, make a followup video on my second channel on how that all went.

I really encourage you guys to do the same thing.


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What are the consequences of overstimulation? ›

“Common symptoms of overstimulation include irritability, stress, agitation, insomnia, loss of focus, overwhelming feelings and thoughts, and anxiety,” Hoang says. “It may be difficult to block out or ignore sensory input. One may experience uncomfortable feelings in the body.”

What does overstimulation do to the brain? ›

Yes, overstimulation can absolutely cause stress, anxiety, and/or burnout. When our brains are constantly bombarded with sensory information or have to process too much complex information, we can become overwhelmed and exhausted. This can lead to feelings of stress, tension, irritability, and exhaustion.

Is overstimulation bad for adults? ›

There is absolutely nothing wrong with becoming overstimulated, in fact, it's almost to be expected in our modern world; what's important is knowing the sings and symptoms of overstimulation and how to overcome it.

Can you reverse overstimulation? ›

Being overwhelmed or overstimulated to the point of wanting to run is an upsetting experience to be sure, but there are ways to calm yourself down quickly and regain control. Remove yourself from the situation, do breathing exercises, and whenever possible, go home and relax.

What mental disorder is overstimulation? ›

Many different mental illnesses are associated with a heightened sensitivity to stimuli from the outside world, among them post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit (and hyperactivity) disorder (ADD/ADHD), and more.

How do you recover from overstimulation? ›

R. Sheridan K. Smith
  1. 7 Things To Do When You're Overstimulated and Cannot Relax. Do you ever feel like you can't relax? ...
  2. Breathe. First, try to take some deep breaths. ...
  3. Escape however you can. ...
  4. Talk to someone who can help. ...
  5. Write down your thoughts. ...
  6. Take a break from technology. ...
  7. Do something physical. ...
  8. Make time for yourself.
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What sensory overload feels like? ›

Sensory overload is when your five senses — sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste — take in more information than your brain can process. When your brain is overwhelmed by this input, it enters fight, flight, or freeze mode in response to what feels like a crisis, making you feel unsafe or even panicky.

How can you tell if someone is overstimulated? ›

Symptoms of overstimulation
  1. sensitivity to certain textures, fabrics, clothing tags, or other things that may rub against the skin.
  2. unable to hear or focus over background sounds.
  3. dislike of certain food flavors or textures.
  4. urge to cover your ears or shield your eyes from too much stimuli.
  5. extreme irritability.
Jul 27, 2021

What does overstimulation look like in ADHD? ›

When an ADHDer is greatly affected by a certain stimulus, such as a sound or smell, this can lead to the following signs and symptoms: Headaches, dizziness, or light-headedness. Feeling ill, faint, or nauseous. Increased anxiety and stress.

How do you comfort someone who is overstimulated? ›

Here are some ideas you can use to help to support individuals in the moment if they are experiencing sensory overload.
  1. Reduce demands on the individual immediately. ...
  2. Give the individual time to calm down and regulate. ...
  3. Stop talking. ...
  4. Find a quiet space. ...
  5. Use a strategy or support you know will help them to regulate.
Dec 1, 2020

Why do I shut down when overstimulated? ›

Sensory overload can feel like a million tabs opened in your mental browser, and your brain doesn't know how to process them. You may freeze or shut down altogether without the coping skills to de-stress. Anyone can experience sensory overload, but some people are more prone to overwhelm in certain situations.

Can overstimulation cause overthinking? ›

Our brains and thoughts work the same. So long as there is stimulation in the mind, we will be thinking. As such, the more stimulated we become, the more overthinking we will experience. A huge sign of overstimulation is busyness in the mind that you can't seem to reign in.

What is the root cause of overstimulation? ›

This overstimulation happens because of external stimuli in your environment. It's when your senses take in more information than your brain can process. This overstimulation of the senses can be overwhelming and exhausting.

Is overstimulation apart of ADHD? ›

Overstimulation is not only a symptom of ADHD; it's often seen in autistic people as well. People with ADHD and autistic people may display similar signs of hyperactivity when overstimulated, such as being extra reactive to sensory input (i.e., becoming fascinated by a specific object or fixating on a sensation).

Why am I so easily overstimulated? ›

Sensory overload can happen to anyone, but it is more common in autistic people and people with ADHD, PTSD, and certain other conditions. It causes feelings of discomfort and being overwhelmed. Moving away from sources of sensory input, such as loud sounds or strong smells, can reduce these feelings.

What is overstimulation and how can it affect behavior? ›

Overstimulation happens when children are swamped by more experiences, sensations, noise and activity than they can cope with. For example, a newborn baby might get very unsettled after a party where they've been cuddled by a lot of grown-ups. A preschooler might have a tantrum after a big event like a birthday party.

What are signs of being overstimulated? ›

Symptoms of overstimulation
  • sensitivity to certain textures, fabrics, clothing tags, or other things that may rub against the skin.
  • unable to hear or focus over background sounds.
  • dislike of certain food flavors or textures.
  • urge to cover your ears or shield your eyes from too much stimuli.
  • extreme irritability.
Jul 27, 2021

What is overstimulation ADHD? ›

When people with ADHD become overstimulated, they may be unable to focus as environmental factors or sensations crowd their brains. Moreover, people with ADHD and sensory overload may be unable to quickly “switch gears” in terms of the activity in which they are taking part.


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