I’ve never understood why I always had to be in a routine, until I came across an article from someone with cerebral palsy who has the same sensory issues as me. Anything that is new or unfamiliar is scary, because my brain isn’t being provided with the right signals to give accurate feedback.
When I find myself out of a routine, and one that is familiar, what was familiar becomes unfamiliar to me that can leave me overwhelmed and panicked. I also have the same kind of feelings if I’m running late on appointments, get up late on a morning and when I deal with difficult circumstances that I must find a resolve on.
For me it has become a normal part of what I have to deal with, so I feel much better for knowing now.