Hello, I am ㄒ爪乙 and I would be very appreciative for some help / advice on how to cope with my anxiety which I commonly get within the period of time which is school.
When I am in school, it gets quite crowded, especially for a school with over 1000 pupils, the fact that it's crowded doesn't bother me, as I like small spaces. The thing that bothers me is the noise which is generated within the crowds, as it sets me off and causes anxiety, but the noise is worse when I'm in a classroom.
The school provides a lot to try and help me, but still I get anxious, my tech teacher has provided a sound frequency test to see what sounds I should avoid, but there hasn't been anything on that recently.
The lesson which is the worse (in terms of noise) is surprisingly, maths (top set). Everyone in the classroom talks and moves stuff, which is even more surprising since this is a secondary school, the table behind me makes the most noise, bangs the table and pushes the table into my back, I break down and cry sometimes because of the anxiety of which it causes me. any help/advice would be appreciated.
Thank you to anyone who is willing to give me advice.
I carry cheap foam disposable earplugs with me everywhere - very useful in loud environments. They don't cut out all sounds, they just take off a lot of the higher frequencies and lower the overall volume. They sell bags of them in Screwfix - £1 for 5 pairs.
I’m with Maths, talk to your teacher about having a specific desk. Maybe nearest the door. Why you ask? Its an escape route and if it get too much you can go into the corridor.
Perhaps if the school has Skype or video conferencing facilities, you can be in a separate classroom and have the lessons virtually?
The key thing is for you and/or parents/guardians to speak to the school.
I tried ear plugs and just have my heartbeat banging in my ears. Akin to some heavy metal band.
have you got the option to leave class when you need? it’s something that might be helpful! you could also ask to be moved away from tables like the situation in maths which sounds awful!
i tried foam ear plugs and had the same problem, it was almost worse to hear my own heartbeat beating so loud. you can buy a different kind of ear plugs that were designed to be noise cancelling and help people with asd or sensory processing disorders. they’re called party plugs and you can buy them online. it took a long time for me to get used to them (i don’t really like having things in my ear, it’s a personal sensory thing to me) but after about eight months of having them lying around the house i started wearing them out and they make such a difference! they’re not noticeable either.
Thank you, I will bring my headphones to school PlasticCreekinvisible
I am at the desk nearest to the door already, my school is short on budget, and I'm not allowed to be in the coridoor
I haven't got an option to leave the class when I need to sadly, but thank you for trying to help.
Creek said:Perhaps if the school has Skype or video conferencing facilities, you can be in a separate classroom and have the lessons virtually?
I think this could've been a game changer for me at school. In a quiet room with a few others that actually wanted to learn.