Many Christians and who deal with Sensory Processing Disorder have asked themselves, “Is it a sin to react to a sensory overload with anger or frustration?” (Unsure what an Overload is? Click here to learn more)
Here’s the thoughts that often go through their heads:
- It just happens too quickly for me to stop it.
- I can’t stop the trigger and so I get frustrated because it’s like a cheese grater on my senses.
- I really try, but it gets out of control.
- My mind turns fuzzy too quickly for me to react any other way.
- I really try, but I can’t seem to change my reactions.
Do you notice a common theme?- They tried to stop.
Anger caused by a Sensory Overload can be sinful depending on how we react to it.
Our natural reaction to SPD triggers is often anger, because it triggers that part of our brains, and sometimes that’s the only way our brain can react.
But we have been given tools to help us cope with our sensory triggers. We can use earplugs, noise canceling headphones, fidget toys, relaxing eye activities, and special tools like CoreDisks and Lap pads, which help sooth our senses so that our brain reacts in a better way.
God provided these tools to help us deal with our SPD in a good way.
It’s a temptation during a Sensory Overload to try to stick it out or behave like a “regular” person, but refusing to use the tools we have been given, is just as bad as getting angry.
We also have God to help us resist temptation.
His word says that there is always a way out of temptation, whether that is praying for strength, using sensory tools/toys, or getting out of the room and having some time alone. He will always be there for us and there will always be a way out of our temptation.
But we still need to remember that we aren’t perfect, which means that sometimes we will get angry and frustrated. When we do fail, we need to remember that we tried!
I believe that God is pleased with those who tried their hardest to keep anger under control, even if that ended in failure. There are many people out there who don’t even try.
We are all human, which means sometimes we will get angry. What truly makes a difference is how we decide to respond or react to that anger.
I’m curious?- what are some of the ways you’ve helped keep the anger at bay during an overload? Were their bible verses or prayers that have helped you deal with your anger over sensory triggers?
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Here are some of the posts that link up with this one:
Part 1 Sensory Tools Explained– Fidget/Tactile tools specifically.