A collaboration with Dan from The Aspie World (@theaspieworld)

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Hi everybody! I did a little collab with Dan from @theaspieworld – this drawing is based on one of his latest YouTube videos: ‘Tips for Autism and Lockdown’. Go check it out ☺️

I’ve definitely struggled this past week and a bit – I’ve had a few sensory meltdowns and my mental health has been a bit up and down as a result of all this change to routine, normality and structure. I do however think that I am slowly starting to get into the sort of groove of working from home (I feel very thankful that I can do this). I hope you are all doing okay – I know it’s a very weird, disruptive and confusing time, but the sense on of community on here has been so uplifting and supportive despite all that’s going on.

A sensory being in a currently very confusing world…🌍

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Hi everyone. Everything’s a bit weird and out of sorts at the moment. I just wanted to pop on and say (in the least cheesiest way possible)… I’m thinking of you all. I know that a lack or structure, routine (and just general widespread panic) is more than enough to cause sensory meltdowns and autistic burnout 🧠 This can put a strain on our wellbeing and mental health. It’s important to try (if you can) to keep communicating with your family and friends about your feelings. Change is difficult for us – no matter how big or small.

I’m waiting to hear if the company I work for are going to make us work from home 🏠 No update yet… but I’m already thinking about working out my own little daily schedule to organise my time ⏱ – and I’ve seen lots of fab people sharing great weekly planners and colour blocking out their time ✏️ Comment down below any good resources you know of!

UPDATE:

Tomorrow is going to be my last day in the office – my work has split us into colour groups and we can occasionally come into work but in alternating groups and days / weeks over the next 3 months.

I know I am so so lucky to be able to work from home but I am so worried about all this change in routine and structure and I feel so sensory and overloaded by this.

If you have a look at my story highlight called ‘Workplace’ you’ll see I’ve struggled in my open plan office for a while, and maybe I’ll grow to love working remotely (but again this is a change and a shift and I am so rubbish with even teeny tiny changes.)

Fellow sensory and autistic people: I feel you. Right now is the weirdest most confusing time and I hope you are all doing okay – I love this little community and I know how supportive we all are of each other.

I’m going to be setting up my own little home office (I have a desk in my bedroom) if you might be interested in me documenting this head over to my Instagram and keep an eye out.

Why shops can cause sensory overload…🛒

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Hi everyone I’m back again with a lil’ illustration…’Why shops can cause sensory overload’ 👀 I (secretly) struggle quite a lot in shops and supermarkets (when I say secretly I mean I’ve perfected the art of ‘masking’ my struggles!). There’s always SO much sensory input to deal with in shops and I wanted to try and mention a few of the things that can be overwhelming. Bigger supermarkets especially can be quite disorientating when so much is being thrown at me sensory-wise.

Every sense is sort of attacked all at once?! This means it can be very difficult to find the things you need as you have to visually wade through colourful shelves, deal with all sorts of noise, queues and crowds, smelly food counters…the list goes on!

I know there’s lots of good tips and tricks to helping with these busy environments such as using ear defenders or headphones, wearing a sunflower lanyard (UK initiative – to subtly let staff know you might need some extra help / consideration), using distractions like stim toys, etc…but do you have any other tips for surviving shops? Comment down below!

What design stuff I carry everyday: notebooks, stationary and tech!

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I thought I’d do a post on the everyday bits and pieces I carry around and the journal and notebook I use. I currently have a Vinyl cover weekly/monthly diary A6 size from MUJI – the Left page shows one week while the right page has a grid pattern for taking notes which I love, I usually set up to-do lists on the right side and plan out my days on the left side. I love doing little doodles on the grid side.

I also have a black A5 Moleskine journal with cream blank paper as my notebook / sketchbook. This is where I do all my @21andsensory illustrations in before I then recreate them in Procreate on my iPad Pro (10.5 inch) with my Apple Pencil. I love this little set-up. For my daily design work I use my MacBook Pro (Late 2013 – 13 inch) with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite (Adobe CC).

I have a slight obsession with fine liner pens – my current favs are the muji gel ink ballpoint pen (0.38pt) which you can buy refills for and the Uniball eye ub-157. I also have a ridiculous collection of STABILO black and coloured fineliners too in a range of point sizes.

My clear glasses (London Retro River – Crystal) are from Glasses Direct and they are a new addition to my glasses collection (I have another tortoise shell pair from Glasses direct and a pair I wear daily from Specsavers.)

My little apple earphones are what I use most days, as people stop by my desk at work alot and I can quickly take them out and hear people calling my name (I have a little mirror set up on my desk so I can see people coming so they don’t tap me on the shoulder!) I use my Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones sometimes although they pinch my glasses!

What do you carry along with you daily? Share in the comments down below!

Sensory Achievements…an illustration✏️

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Hello lovely followers – just here to share another illustration I’ve done on some sensory achievement badges / stickers that I think should exist! 😉I think it’s hard to recognise the daily achievements we make especially when the world is so loud, bright, busy and generally too much to cope with.

It’s important for those of us dealing with sensory processing issues to congratulate ourselves when we achieve these things. Just managing okay in a social situation, taking time off to reset and even surviving public transport are huge things to be proud of 🙌 Things can be tough but I like to think I’ve got some sensory super powers (spidey sense tingling? 🕸 E.g ridiculously sensitive hearing to everything!👂)

What are your sensory achievements? Share them in the comments below!

Autistic magic ~ a self care kit…

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This is the ✨‘autistic magic ~ a self care kit’ ✨ from the wonderfully talented Jas from  @batmoons

The pack contains: burnt out zine (how to cope with autistic burnout) 🧠, doing stuff outside zine (how to cope outside/on public transport, a guide for anxious autistics) 🌳, an actually autistic print💡, a please do not touch me badge 🚫 and…stickers!

Swipe through to check out some photos of what’s in the pack and head over to my IGTV section to check out and unpacking video and flick through the zines!

Check out Jas’s Etsy shop to buy the kit, zines and lots more lovely things!