Stress and Overwhelm

This really spoke to me – story of my life in recent months 😉

Living Autism

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” —Mikhail Lermontov

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The dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”, and for autistic individuals, stress is one of the greatest challenges to living life well.

Research shows autistic people have a higher stress-response and are more susceptible to stress disorders than their neurotypical counterparts.   A combination of childhood adversity and heightened sensitivity to emotions, hyperawareness of the environment, and interpersonal challenges with others create the space for stress to grow.

Autistics find it hard to “let go” of a stress-response; their bodies hold the stress-response longer, meaning that they need to be more mindful of stress-reduction activities, and become aware of how stress affects them.

Stress Response – What it can look…

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Aspie Xmas Survival Guide

Excellent tips here 🙂

Living Autism

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Ah, it is that time of year again: Christmas.  There is so much to enjoy about this festive period, yet – being autistic, it can also be hugely exhausting.

Managing your energy levels during this busy time can be a delicate balance act, however you can enjoy the celebrations and take care of yourself.

You can get involved and still honour yourself.  It’s just a case of being self-aware and giving yourself what you need.

If you find Christmas often leaves you tired and worrisome, this post will help ensure you do not end up running on empty.

1. It’s okay to say NO

Just because people are inviting you out does not mean you have to say yes.  Saying No is self-care. Make sure you build some breathing space into your calendar to allow some time to re-energise yourself. You can block out hours or…

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