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.
What does your world revolve around? If you find that your special interest is a person, you may be headed down a frightening path. Obsessing over people can lead to heartbreak or, at its worst, painful unrequited reciprocation.
Did you know that many people find your autistic reservedness, awkwardness, and shyness endearing? Own it! Who do you know in your life that adores these qualities in you?
If you’re worried that you may have made a social mistake and upset someone, try seeing the forest for the trees. In other words, make an attempt to let go of the tiny details and look at the whole picture. If you think of the person you may have upset as a whole person, with […]
Sometimes, with each day presenting new autistic challenges, I find it useful to pause and consider my life in three phases: 1) Prediagnosis, 2) During and immediately after diagnosis, and 3) Present day. The growth and development in my self understanding that I recognize from this reflection encourages me to move forward.