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i have a lot of pet peeves. and i'm very sensitive to sensory irritations. little noises, sensations, and smells can set me off very easily. some days are worse than others, but it's such a waste of time and i'm trying to learn to deal with it. what methods work for you? at the moment, i do my best to remove myself from the trigger and take a private deep breath. i try to relax my body and mind and then go back to what i was doing. it can help but often it really doesn't or when i go back to the thing aggravating me, the stress and irritation comes right back again. some things i hate eating noises moaning noises scratching and screeching noises scraping noises dry hands or perceived dryness of my skin any sort of mild itchiness barking certain types of materials touching me for example, today i couldn't use a pencil because the noise it was making when it came into contact with the paper was too overwhelming, and then the sound of my chair every time i moved started making me agitated. so i left the room and then the cacophony of my family getting ready for dinner (dishes, talking loud, tv, some chewing sounds) upset me so i locked myself in the bathroom to try to relax so i could return and be social and not an angry monster. as usual, my head is really disorganized and i feel cloudy so sorry for this rambling mess. if anyone has any thoughts or ideas or can relate, i'd appreciate your insight.