One of These Three Stress Responses Will Empower You To Boost Performance

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While sitting at your desk, working in the kitchen…in every task and environment your senses are bombarded. All information comes to us through sensory input. An average of 2,000 bits of information per second enters our brain (Willis 2009).

Although, everyone processes through this information differently.

Our senses first sift through all of it before it even reaches our awareness.  Neurologically our body organizes then attempts to adjust its reaction to an impulse. Modulation provides a behavior that safely adapts to the stress of change with less risks on health.

Everyone responds to stress differently. Knowing how your senses respond may empower you to boost performance:

Some of us are sensory over-responders, in which we react to sensations faster and stronger than those with normal response levels (Reynolds and Jane 2007).  These aren’t willful, but automatic and unconscious physiological responses to sensation. This might be demonstrated by high activity, impulsiveness, and aggressiveness to withdrawn avoidance of situations.

And then there’s sensory under-responsiveness, when we don’t react to environmental sensory stimuli (Dunn 1999).  This may appear as if someone lacks awareness, apathetic. Strategies may look like procrastination, laziness, or unmotivated; inconsistent, clumsy or dyspraxic response.

Sensory cravers have an insatiable drive for enhanced experiences. They appear fidgety and are excitable. Cravers are continuously engaged in visual, musical, deep pressure and touch activities.

Browse through GIG Design’s Pinterest and blog to explore productive performance strategies. Our WholeBeSM Toolkits uses an effective method for building awareness of effective design and work strategies unique to your neurological setup. The Lifestyle Assessment is our simple online tool that offers a glimpse into how you modulate your senses. Stop cruel tips that fail. Empower daily productivity with blissful boosts destined to peak performance.

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DESIGN^OVER RESPONDER | Consider workplace behavioral standards according to building locations that enable focus on tasks.


DESIGN^UNDER RESPONDERS | Refresh home office accessories as a strategy to boost daily performance.


DESIGN^CRAVERS | For sensory cravers an enclosed nook is an ideal get-away for the body to shift focus for accomplishing a task.
Willis, Judy, What You Should Know About Your Brain, Psychology Today Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2009, p1
Reynolds, Stacey, Lane, Shelly J.,Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Diagnostic Validity of Sensory Over-Responsivity: A Review of the Literature and Case Reports, Springer Science + Media, LLC, 2007
Dunn, W. (1999). The sensory profile: Users manual. San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation.