“How do you deal with sensory overload while out in public? That is one of my biggest triggers and it usually sets off my PTSD too. Especially during the holidays when stores are more populated.” So I actually went to a big party last night, and I think my coping strategies for that can apply […]
My personal three steps to take when in sensory pain: 1) Drink a large glass of warm water, 2) Take a quick and very hot shower, and 3) Take a 20-minute or 90-minute nap. If these three steps don’t work, it’s time for Ibuprofen and an optimistic mindset for a better tomorrow!
What’s in your bag? These days I keep earbuds, two velvet scrunchies, chapstick, sunglasses and sunglass cleaner, lotion, whitening gum, a small wallet, and my phone. While on the surface each item appears typical, they all serve an autistic person’s purpose. Earbuds cancel out noise when I need it. Velvet scrunchies pull my hair back […]
As an individual with stomach and general sensitivities, I find that I often get the worst end of side effects from medicines. While medicine has its place and benefits, I try to use other methods of handling sensory discomfort, EDS pain, occasional anxiety, and troublesome insomnia (all of which can be an autistic person’s daily […]
Most people wouldn’t know this about me, but I am very sensitive to yelling and shouting. Even if someone is yelling at a large crowd, like a passionate lecturer, I feel its impact as though it’s directed only at me. It hurts my body and scares me. (Even though I’ve done my fair share of […]
After prolonged periods of overload, I feel the haze of a overstretched mind and the pain of an overburdened body. The physical, mental, and emotional are all tied together. As an autistic person, trying to heal one instead of all three rarely works. Bodily rest and good food; deep breathing and sleep; a decent cry […]
Stay cozy and avoid that awful sensory pain. What’s your favorite sneaky way to look good but basically wear pajamas? One of my favorite outfits includes loose-fit dress pants with an elastic waistband, a stretchy turtleneck, black pocketless hoodie, stretch crew socks, canvas sneakers, and a rose-patterned fleece jacket. All comfy and completely pain-free!
Never be afraid to modify your order at a restaurant. If you have an allergy or texture discomfort with a food, ask for it taken out! However, us autistic people can get very detailed. In order to avoid stressing out your server (and feeling guilt/anxiety later), my word of advice is to limit order modifications […]
How can your mind and body function at their finest without fuel? Skipping meals can worsen sensory sensitivities and increase brain fog, which can make executive functioning even more taxing. Sometimes the best coping strategy can be to eat at the right times and to eat the food that’s right for your individual needs.
How can we attempt our areas of growth in executive functioning when our brains are crammed with too much sensory input? Pare down the excess in your days. We do not need permission to say no to the things that damage us in our personal lives. We deserve the simplicity that makes us stronger. For […]