As an introvert, I have things I enjoy and help make my life happier. I enjoy solitude and having time to myself. I enjoy being in my own head, having my thoughts keep me company and entertained. I enjoy watching old episodes of my favorite shows. I enjoy drinking coffee or tea while reading a good book. But there’s one thing I love in this world most. One thing that takes all the things I enjoy and elevate them to a level that would put cloud nine to shame. And it’s rain. I love rainy days. I love dark stormy days that turn into nights. I love reading and relaxing during rainstorms. I even love walking outside when it rains. It gives me a little burst of energy. When I have a good cup of coffee or tea, a good book, a blanket, and nothing to do, it’s pure bliss for me. And it’s the same for other introverts around the world. Rain is one of Mother Nature’s blessings to the introverts. It’s something we all love and appreciate in a world that’s always loud.
For introverts, rainy days give us a very peaceful feeling. We feel invigorated whenever there’s a storm or a light drench. It’s a mystery as to why we introverts love rain, though. But it may not be that complicated to explain. As I said before, we introverts live in a loud world. We’re constantly seeking out quiet nooks and corners in order to recharge and gain our bearings. It can be especially hard to cope with a loud world if you have sensory processing disorder, or SPD for short.
In Chantal Sicile-Kira’s article “What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism?”, Chantal explains that Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties with processing information from the five senses: vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste as well as the sense of movement (vestibular system) and/or the positional sense (proprioception). Although the information is received, it is perceived in a way that is abnormal. As a result, the abnormal processing can cause pain, confusion, and discomfort. Both children and adults can be diagnosed with the disorder, but it is adults who have a much more difficult time coping with it. The article states, “Many adults on the spectrum find it difficult to tolerate social situations. Meeting a new person can be overwhelming – a different voice, a different smell and a different visual stimulus – meaning that difficulties with social relationships are not due to just communication, but are about the total sensory processing experience.”
In Rachel Schneider’s article “10 Tips to Help Neurotypicals Understand Sensory Processing Disorder”, Schneider, who has SPD, explains what it’s like, how she deals with it, and how others with SPD can cope. She states, “Because we SPDers can’t process sensory input in a typical fashion, most of the input we receive from the senses makes us feel like we’re being endlessly poked in the eye. It is supremely distressing. SPDers tend to become emotional in the presence of too much sensory input and also have a behavioral response. We yell, we cry, we flee the situation, we lay down on the floor, we bite people and things, we reach for our fidgets and talisman and anything to help us just get through the moment”. When it comes to living in a world that constantly has the volume turned up, it can be hard for introverts and SPD-afflicted individuals to cope. It can be difficult to have any peace and quiet.
As a reader, you’re probably asking yourself how is this important or even relevant to the topic. I’d be happy to tell you. Although we introverts get our energy from being alone and in quiet places, we aren’t the only ones who find it difficult to live in this loud world. People with SPD also have a difficult time because of their inability to process sensory information properly. Everything comes at them at a speed they can’t comprehend, so they too need a place to be alone and without social stimulation. It goes without saying that there are introverts that have SPD, which can be exceedingly difficult to deal with. Rainy days and rain in general gives both of these communities an opportunity to have a quiet moment to themselves. It’s one of the few moments we can have a modicum of silence and to relish it. Rainy days allow us to regain our bearings, recharge, and to prepare for dealing with the loud world.
1. Sicile-Kira, Chantal. “What Is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism?” Psychology Today, 2 Mar. 2010, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-autism-advocate/201003/what-is-sensory-processing-disorder-and-how-is-it-related-autism. Accessed Oct. 10th, 2016.
2. Schneider, Rachel S. “10 Tips to Help Neurotypicals Understand Sensory Processing Disorder.” The Body Is Not An Apology, 17 Sept. 2016, https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/the-neurotypicals-guide-to-adults-with-sensory-processing-disorder/. Accessed Oct. 10th, 2016.
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