Mini Sensory Q&A…


So I put out a couple of posts on Instagram, Twitter and a podcast on Anchor asking anybody if they might have any Sensory-related questions for me as I was writing up and Q&A blog post. I received a few questions which I have answered below…

What do you find is a positive for having SPD?

From Isobel at Potsitivity

The positive aspect about having SPD is definitely having super human powers…

I’ll explain that statement a bit further: Because my 5 senses are always at such a heightened level I feel like I can:

  • Hear things other people can’t
  • See things in a unique way to other people
  • Touch things and feel them differently in terms of texture
  • Taste the same things each day and never get bored of them
  • Smell things from ridiculous distances and the smells affect my mood instantly

So you see it’s sort of like having weird sensory powers – the world used to nearly always run at 100% to me. I think with age I am starting to enjoy life more and coping mechanisms and distractions allow me to turn the noise level of the sensory-world down!

What’s your favourite thing to do that helps you as an adult?

From  via Twitter.

My favourite things to do that really help me as an adult are:

  1. Taking regular breaks whether that’s a tea break, lunch break, or a weekend break away!
  2. Have a bath! As random as it sounds baths really help me to think and I love the sound of running bath water.
  3. Get outside. I do enjoy going on walks and penny boarding, I do think that fresh air is the most natural stress-relivier there is.
  4. Talking thing through. If I don’t feel quite right or down, or even if I’m having a bit of a sensory moment I really do think it helps me to talk things through. Being able to have someone who understands you and will listen is something I never want to take for granted because it can be so helpful.
  5. Doodling and Blogging! I feel like I am naturally quite a creative type of person and just having a quick doodle or writing a blog post on something I think will be useful for other people is just lovely.

Any changes in food choices as you age?

I never liked yogurt as a kid because of the texture. Now I love the texture, & have it every day! From  via Twitter.

Great question! That’s really interesting how you have grown to love yogurt and can now manage the texture 🙂 I know I have definitely become better with herbs and spices since I was little as I used to avoid them at all costs. I am also much keener to try thing and say I don’t like them then to just not try them at all. I always say to people that I am a vegetarian because I find eating meat difficult because of the texture. However I am able to eat Chicken and things like Spaghetti Bolognese with the meat mixed in – but I would much rather prefer to eat a veggie meal really as I know I can eat it all and not have to worry.

If you have anymore questions you’d like to ask me feel free to ask me in the comments below or via social media!

Book Review: ‘Almost Adulting’


So you may have heard my recent check in via the app Anchor (if you haven’t it’s a podcasting app for mobile – I’m going to be doing more recording of my sensory experiences and advice on it, scroll down my blog for the post I did!) anyway on my latest podcast I mentioned that I was going to be doing a book review soon on my blog and I mentioned how I think it might be helpful for others to read too!

So as you’ve probably seen by the heading (and the shiny image above) the book is called ‘Almost Adulting’ and it’s by a super lovely lady called Arden Rose. She is an Actress, Producer, Comedian, YouTuber and now a published author as well!

So Arden’s book centres around how to survive your future adulthood. This is written in the form of  journal-like-sections relating to different topics such as:

  • Self-Care (think eating well, washing regularly, making time for yourself to unwind and de-stress)
  • Making internet friends
  • Dating and Relationships
  • Clothing and how to dress on a budget
  • How to travel alone
  • Moving out and decorating your new space
  • Going on adventures and making the most of life

Arden documents her own struggle with OCD in the form of trichotillomania. Trich is defined as having a compulsive need to pick out or pull out your hair. At the age of 13 Arden realised that after pulling out all her eyelashes and eyebrows she was struggling with Trich and needed help. It became a habit for her in times of stress and she started as a freshman at high school with carefully drawn eyebrows and a cover-up coat of eyeliner. I won’t mention anymore because the book explains it much better than I ever could but the way she copes and distracts herself with other mechanisms definitely makes this book a worthwhile read.

I really do recommend it especially to teenagers as it does give you a heads up of things to come later on in life but even as a 23-year-old I found it useful (I don’t feel like I’m an adult yet but all the little adult things I find myself doing add up I guess.)

The book involves a real mix of essay-like chapters, great advice in the form of motivational lists and also features a lot of quirky illustrations. Arden writes in a very open and honest way which is enlightening but also put me at ease – it’s hard to do adult things all the time!

After reading this book I felt kind of more content because it occurred to me that adulthood creeps up on us all. And nobody knows what on earth to do in the start. It’s all about practice and challenging yourself to go out into the big wide world (and trying to keep up with all the bills, chores and socialising at the same time!).

Image credit: Carolyn Suzuki (whose awesome illustrations are on the cover!)

My zen garden experience ⛩

Today I visited a Japanese Zen Garden and thought I would document my experience there! It was a very quiet and calming place with lots of bamboo, wildflowers, wooden decking, carved benches and waterfalls.

There was a huge zen garden with tiny pebbles that could be raked into different patterns and a viewing deck to look out from. Large wind chimes kept blowing in the breeze and being shaken gently by visitors as they went past them. There was a smooth lake with huge Koi Carp fishes swimming just beneath the surface (although they seemed to like to hide under the bridge!)

Overall it was a super peaceful and calming experience and I could have quite happily have sat in the garden for a while longer if it hadn’t been raining a lot on and off here!

Where is your nearest calm spot to walk or sit in? Is it your own garden? A public play area, field, garden centre, allotment, beach, etc? Comment below with the place or space that brings you the most calm. Also feel free to comment below any questions you might have for my up and coming Sensory Q&A blog post – thanks!

Filmed using an iPhone 6S and edited using Instagram Stories: 📸​​ @21andsensory