This might not relate to everyone, these strategies are what I have used personally.
1. Rest- Provide yourself with regular (if possible daily) with minimum of 20 mins, in a quite safe place. This environment should have low lights and no sound, with Minimum stimulation as possible, in this time just lay down close your eyes, allowing your mind to rest and reboot.
2. Sensory- most Autistics struggle with sensory Processing Differences, this means the sensory system doesn’t process environmental stimulation stimulation correctly. Making small adjustments can better support your sensory needs. Make what I call a sensory support kit, this kit will be personal to you addressing your sensory differences. You can pack the kit to support all your senses, here are the items I think that basic kit should have; Ear plugs, music headphones, Chewigem necklace, sunglasses, chewing gum, lavender oil on a tissue. This kit can be as big or small as you like, making it totally personal for you.
3. Meltdowns- if you have a situation where you become overwhelmed, if possible give yourself space from the situation, move away from the situation. Give yourself time away from what ever has triggered the meltdown once you feel calmer, keep demands and communicate to a minimal. Your system could easy overload again.
4. Social-Take time out of social situations, I find the maximum of 1-2 social interactions a week as in high intensive, long periods of social interaction is enough for me.(everyone is different)
5. Sleep-Make sure to get enough sleep, this is very tricky for so many autistic people. Building a sleep routine is so important;
1. Try to go to sleep at the same time each night
2. Don’t have screen time iPhone, iPad, computer just before sleep, this can prevent you feeling tired
3. Use lavender (oil of choice) on your pillow to help you feel relaxed
4. Make sure the windows are well covered to prevent light waking you
6. Diet-Eat a healthy diet (not easy I know) think about what food choices you are making, and make sure you are eating regularly.
7. Routines-Build in routines to make task more manageable, for instance break tasks down. Prioritise tasks, make notes to remind you of the tasks and at what date should be completed. (I put everything on my phone calendar with an alarm)
8. Triggers- Work out what the your main triggers are, are there things that come up regularly? Or things that perhaps happen less often. Identifying these triggers is so important as this will allow you to prepare when the triggers happen. (Trigger example) having a deadline for some, this causes me to become more stressed, so I identify this give myself more quite time, breaking down the task into manageable daily tasks. This allows me to know the task will completed.
I hope some of these support ideas can support you.
Girls Autistic Journey 🖤