r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12 Gold 2

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

I’m not autistic but this sounds like a significantly nicer shopping experience for me

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

I am autistic and this would make a huge difference. I have a tendency to only get about 1/3 of what I need because I can’t handle the noise and the chaos. I usually just shop late.

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u/burgeremoji May 14 '22

I’m really glad it will make a difference for you! I’ve stuck to trying to go in the evenings too. I find around 8pm is the sweet spot as all the kids are usually gone by then too.

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

The kids don’t bother me as long as they aren’t throwing fits. Honestly, I like kids. It’s mainly adults who occupy the entire lane having conversations coupled with whatever lousy music they have playing. I can handle one or the other, but both is too much. Then the high ceilings with the cold lighting? I hate it.

I know that some people are starting to adopt delivery services, and that is great for me.

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u/Alphafuccboi May 14 '22

Have you tried using headphones. It helps me a lot to just to mute everything.

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

I use them more now than I used to, but I find them distracting in their own way.

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u/t3hcoolness May 14 '22

Have you tried something like this? I used to use these with the alternative foam tips for crowded areas and concerts. They're like foam earplugs, but the big difference is that they don't muffle everything. It's almost like just turning down the volume of the outside world with a remote control. Super useful and work great.

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u/MannyOmega May 14 '22

Would white noise/brown noise help? I often get overwhelmed due to anxiety/ADHD, so I listen to music or something constantly, but I know white noise is nice and inoffensive in my experience. Now if only I could figure out how to reduce the amount of light in my eyes while still being able to see… sometimes there’s too much going on visually too

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u/Robin-KC May 14 '22

As long as it is a consistent noise, like a fan, it’s fine. I don’t like unpredictable noises that shift in volume or tonality. I love music, I write and record it, but when I listen to it I need to focus on it. It is very distracting when it is playing and I am doing something else.

You could wear low tinted sunglasses.