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What is Interoception?


What is Interoception?

Interoception is our internal body sense. It's what allows us to know what's going on inside our bodies: such as hunger, tiredness, nausea, or needing the toilet.


What does under-sensitivity look like?

 If you're under sensitive to it you might not notice:

  • when you need the toilet and so feel a sense of urgency

  • when food has made you ill and so feel bloated or in pain

  • when you need to sleep so feel tired and spacey

  • when you need to eat so and so feel weak and dazed

  • things like periods or when you're ill

  • bodily sensations could also get confused with emotions


What helps?

  • timers and schedules to remind you when to eat

  • food diaries to know what might make you ill

  • calendars, trackers, and apps for things like periods

  • sanitary products for toileting needs

  • learning how to recognise the signs of illness

  • ask the person themselves


What does over-sensitivity look like?

If you're oversensitive to it you might:

  • feel a need to go to the toilet more often

  • be aware of subtle change in the body and mistake this for anxiety

  • feel hungry often

  • feel ill often and worry

  • feel nausea and bloatedness more often

  • periods could feel stronger


What helps?

  • sanitary products

  • food diaries to let you know what's causing problems

  • mindfulness for anxiety

  • calendars, trackers, and apps for bodily sensations

  • timers and schedules to let you know when to eat

  • learning to recognise the signs of illness so that you don't have to worry as much

  • being prepared so as to avoid meltdowns and shutdowns for those unmet needs