Interoception: A Look Inside

So now that you all know what interoception is (and if you don’t, no worries, click here or here for a refresher), let’s dive a little deeper. How does this system work exactly? Well, you have sensory receptors all over and throughout your body. They send signals to your brain, which makes sense of those…

Vestibular: A Deeper Look

The vestibular system is one of the more powerful senses in the body (10-20 minutes of intense vestibular input can have effects for up to 8 hours!). So what actually happens in your body when given vestibular input? First, we have to look inside your ear. You have three canals in your ear, all filled…

Arousal Levels: Seeking and Avoiding Behaviors (and Strategies!)

Now that you know the eight senses, I’m going to give you a quick vocab lesson about arousal levels. Arousal can be defined as the fluctuating level of alertness of the nervous system, and is extremely affected by sensory input. If your arousal level is too high or too low, then it could throw off…

10 Simple Ways to Get Proprioceptive Input at Home.

Your proprioceptive system.
The code name for this in the OT world is “heavy work“, and a common phrase we use is “heavy work always works”. Receiving input to your joints and muscles has been shown to have an overwhelmingly high

5 Ways to Cope with Changes in Routine

We all thrive off of routine in our lives. But what about when something unexpected happens and your plans have to *gasp!* CHANGE?!?? You can be as proactive as you want, and plan ahead all you want, but sometimes the universe just feels like throwing a wrench in your day.

How to Calm Down by Coloring, and Why it Works

One of my favorite pastimes when I was younger, aside from continuously jumping off of the couch in an attempt to fly, was coloring. I had a tote bag filled just about to the top with crayons. There had to be over a hundred in there. Coloring books were my JAM.

One Simple Hack to Calm Down, Right Now

Breathing. Fun stuff, right? Lots of perks to breathing. I, for one, like how it keeps me alive.
But wait, there’s more! Not only does it keep us alive, it can be used as a tool to help us keep our composure in situations where we would otherwise rather be pulling someone’s hair out, and I think that’s pretty important, too.

So You Want To Self-Regulate…

Our emotions can travel from zero to 60…to 150…and back down to 10, all in the span of a day…
Heck, all in the span of a few hours. So many things can contribute to this fluctuation, almost too many to count. It can take a huge toll on how we function throughout our day to day lives.

The Beginner’s Guide to Sensory

Let’s settle this once and for all: There are EIGHT senses. EIGHT, you hear me?
(…at least in Occupational Therapy World there are).

There are the five you probably already know because your kindergarten teacher drilled it into your brain, but