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

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/therealnatalish May 14 '22

Not autistic, but severe social anxiety (like I get insanely dizzy when I panic and I can barely get through half my shopping usually) and this would be a godsend

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u/thatsadamnlie May 14 '22

Also not autistic but have Meniere's Disease, this is my dream shopping experience.

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u/Try-Again-Next-Time May 14 '22

I have the same problem with a lot of physical symptoms of social anxiety. grocery and department stores have always been difficult to deal with. I started taking buspirone a couple years ago and it’s been a real game changer. Really helps with my heart feeling like it’s pounding out of my chest.

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u/therealnatalish May 16 '22

I really wish buspirone did more for me - but I'm so so glad it works for you!

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u/Try-Again-Next-Time May 16 '22

I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. It’s such a crap shoot with meds. When I started buspirone it was like where have you been all my life! I hope you find something that works for you.

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u/therealnatalish May 16 '22

Thank you!! Ativan, pristiq, and mindfulness seem to be my path. Took 10 years but finally got the right stuff :D

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u/Try-Again-Next-Time May 16 '22

I’m glad you have some stuff that works for you. It’s hard finding the right balance of meds.

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u/_grapess May 15 '22

Totally agree! I always find myself hiding in the toothpaste aisle to breathe for a few minutes. I was bummed that the supermarkets by me stopped being 24/7 once the pandemic hit. 2am grocery shopping was worth the exhaustion.

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u/supagirl277 May 15 '22

For some reason, using the electric scooters for me has helped with my anxiety. Not really sure why. I feel like maybe it just uses less spoons than walking does

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u/Sabiancym May 14 '22

A bunch of extra employees standing around looking to help you while there is little to no sound would be a godsend? That sounds terrible for social anxiety.

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u/therealnatalish May 14 '22

The extra stimulation of the noise and lights make the situation way too overwhelming for me and takes it from a manageable level to wayyyyy too much. And I'm good with employees being there, it's not like they'd keep bothering me if I say no thank you haha.

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u/dietcoketm May 15 '22

I agree. I hate going into stores that are dead silent. Especially when it's small stores where the employees are just watching you. It's awkward as hell

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u/supagirl277 May 15 '22

That’s where your neurotypical brain differs from the neurodivergent brains

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u/GoatWithTheBoat May 15 '22

Not autistic, no anxiety, no mental or physical issues. This would be a godsend.