“Dresses comfortably due to sensory issues and practicality.” First off, if I could wear loose tops and look good in it every day and at every occasion, I would. Secondly, long tags are the bane of my existence; they literally feel like something is cutting my skin. Third, if I can get away with it […]
“Usually a little more expressive in face and gesture than male counterparts.” Honestly, I’m often told that I’m very deadpan and can look bored, but there is no denying that I can be expressive. This is a learned technique though. I’ve copied some of my favorite video game girls (like Rikku from Final Fantasy X […]
“Probably given several different prescriptions to treat symptoms. Will be very sensitive to medications and anything else she puts in her body, so may have had adverse reactions.” When I was a child, my body internalized sensory overload through migraines, and my doctors prescribed migraine medications from an early age. These medicines made me nauseous […]
Whenever you enjoy your favorite sensory stims, make sure to keep a pulse on your overload radar. I love visual stims, but in the long run, they drain me. Never be afraid to just step away and recharge.
Reevaluate your space. I thought I had an organization structure for my closet that made sense and didn’t overstimulate me. But in a year’s time, I’d accumulated many more items (mostly related to my special interests)! It’s time to rearrange so my home can truly be a place to rest and recharge.
While I’ve never gotten seasonal allergies, I have suffered from chronic sinus infections. One lasted four months and caused me permanent vocal damage. But the worst part? Whenever I’m sick, my coping skills crumble. I just want to lie in bed, and I can’t even work on my special interests without draining effort. I believe […]
Just like sunflowers turn from shadow to face the sun, extricate yourself from relationships and friendships in which someone belittles your diagnosis. The path to self-love and self-acceptance is not walked alongside those who insist that you don’t actually seem autistic.
Light your spaces with fairy lights and holiday lights or use fabric and lampshades for a dimming effect. While cafe lights and fogged bulbs may look industrially aesthetic, over time they may be overstimulating you.
Find a way to carry your special interests. Whether it’s embedded on a keychain, wristband, wallet, etc., it’s a great way to find comfort and joy in tough moments, or to avoid tough moments in the first place. I transformed my Moogle into a purse. (I keep my things in the back of its head!) […]
Sometimes, we chain ourselves in our own anxiety. This aspietip is a reminder to ask for help. Seeing a counselor or therapist may not fix your problems, but I believe it can help with processing and feelings of isolation.