Mental health = Confusing

Hello everyone – hope youโ€™ve all had a good weekend. As well as sharing my drawings Iโ€™d like to share my thoughts and ideas on my Instagram as well ๐Ÿ’ญ mental health (to me at least) = confusing. My mental health is confusing to me because my issues and feelings can randomly intensify and l also struggle with episodes of depression which can be really debilitating ๐Ÿง 

Obviously everyoneโ€™s mental health is very different but I do think itโ€™s important to be supportive to each other both online and in the real world. I also think itโ€™s great that self care is becoming more of a โ€˜thingโ€™ now and it really is important in order to keep functioning in life.

I find that my mental health mixed with my sensory issues is always tough to deal with but I try to make time for self-care and enjoying the little things in life (e.g like running a bath, reading a good book, drawing,etc).

Yes, I have my own mental health problems. But I am always here to chat if you feel like you need someone to talk to or just a bit of support. (Please feel free to share my drawings just credit @21andsensory)

Say no to clothing labels! ๐Ÿšซ

Ah clothes… ๐Ÿ‘• They’ve always been a problem for me (and I’m sure many of you out there too). The struggle to find clothes without super annoying tags/labels and be made of a non-itchy / bearable fabric is SUCH A PAIN.

I understand why tags and labels are inside clothes to give us size/washing/manufacturer information but what I don’t understand is why they aren’t easily removable. I either suffer with a tag in a t-shirt or the back of my jeans or I cut them out and suffer with the STILL scratchy bits of tag left behind. I think we’ve all accidentally made holes in t-shirt trying to remove annoying tags.

I have some good go-to brands when it comes to label-free clothing, recently I found clothes in Uniqlo such as t-shirts and jeans without a tag at the back. Yes it’s a miracle and yes I got excited. Does anyone else know of any reasonably priced clothing brands that come without tags? Please share in the comments below – I’ll be eternally grateful!

My mum was telling me about M&S (UK) who have an adaptive clothing range for children (up to age 16) with disabilities which is fab and has been expanded since launch. There are around 1.5 million children in the UK who have a sensory or physical disability and so it really is a great step in the right direction (teens and adults next? I hope!).

It’s hard to explain but if you are a sensory-being like me a simple tag can really overwhelm you. Imagine having something that irritates you and affects your mood throughout the day – it’s such a small thing but I have had tags cause me huge meltdowns because I just cannot function with it touching and hurting me.

This overwhelm also applies to uncomfy clothes, aka special occasion clothes. I do not feel naturally comfortable in a dress/skirt/tights/fancy top/etc but I am able to wear these when I have to and the occasion is fancy (ugh)…I will however immediately put on a jumper and jeans on arrival home ๐Ÿ˜€

Another little drawing by me – feel free to share but please credit @21andsensory – thanks!

An introduction to all to my succulents! ๐ŸŒฑ

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I’d like to introduce you all to my…succulents!๐ŸŒฑ

They are really important to me and I kinda love being responsible of them. Last week I repotted the 3 little ones into matching pots/dishes so they now look like a ‘lil set ๐ŸŒฟ

The largest one was my first succulent. His name is Stanley (named after the epic actor that is: Stanley Tucci). I’ve had him a while and it’s been so lovely to see him grow further. These succulents live in my bedroom so I see them a lot and can keep an eye on them. I’m very attached to them and I’m loving how they look like a little set โค๏ธ

Can you turn the sound down please?

Hello everyone – hope you are all having a good day. Iโ€™ve done another little drawing which I thought I would share with you all. I am very sensory defensive when it comes to sound. I am constantly asking my parents to turn the sound/volume down on the TV ๐Ÿ˜‚ Itโ€™s always too loud for me ๐Ÿ”ˆ

Iโ€™ve also been struggling this week with a busy open plan office at work which is noisy and bustling and generally wears me out! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I also jump at anything even slightly loud (even people sneezing ๐Ÿคง) Iโ€™ve been using my noise cancelling headphones but does anyone else have any other good tips for dealing with loud noises?

Also: Iโ€™ve reached 1,000 followers on Instagram! Thanks so much to everyone out there who follows along – my main aim when setting up my blog and Instagram was that if I could help out one person out there by providing sensory advice / tips / support / etc to them then I would be happy!

Good Distractions (a new drawing!)โœ๏ธ

 

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Hi everyone! Iโ€™m back with another original drawing โœ๏ธ let me know what you think of it in the comments below โ˜บ๏ธ so I thought Iโ€™d do a drawing including the things that help me when I feel a bit of a meltdown coming on…

Featured items:

Moleskine journal ๐Ÿ“” – I usually go for a blank paper one for doodle but they do lined and dotted paper ones too.

Drinks and snacks: a good old cup of tea โ˜•๏ธ an Costa Coffeeย strawberries and cream drink ๐Ÿ“ a good old glass of orange juice or squash ๐ŸŠ a nice big apple ๐ŸŽ some digestive biscuits ๐Ÿช and I had to include some form of chocolate so I went for Cadbury Dairy Milk ๐Ÿซ

Fidgets: Notebook from Flying tiger covered in amazing sequins you can stim back and forth with ๐Ÿ˜ a good old fashioned Rubik’s Cube that I found secondhand ๐Ÿง 

I also have the most amazing Chewigem berries chewellery necklace! ๐Ÿ‡ I picked the blues and greens theme! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š itโ€™s very chunky and each bead is covered in little nubs for sensory appeal and greater feedback when chewing. The beads have a heavy sort of weighted feel and I just like to hold and fidget with them. Itโ€™s hardwearing so would work well for more robust chewers!

And finally a squishy ball with gel beads in it from The Works Stores which is fab for having in a coat or hoodie pocket! Feel free to share my drawing on social media but please credit me ๐Ÿ™‚

Believe in yourself and magic will happen…


Believe in yourself and magic will happen.ย This is my favourite quote (I wrote it out above!). It’s a simple one-liner that gets to the point. You never know what could happen if you believe in yourself a little bit more.

I have this quote on a necklace – see the photo of it above. The necklace/quote reminds me to keep going even if I’m having a day where I don’t believe in myself at all.

I have real imposter syndrome at work (I’m a creative/graphic designer) and I feel totally inadequate / rubbish / frustrated at myself regularly. I know I have the skills to do my job it’s just difficult sometimes to feel my worth and believe in myself.

I am the design team for my company…there is only me. When I don’t know how to do something Google/YouTube tutorials become my colleagues that I ask for help! And that’s okay – I can’t know everything…nobody can. It’s just remembering that is hard.

How do you fight off imposter syndrome? Any good tips appreciated! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Organisation and Medication

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It’s around this sort of time each week where I realise I need to work out my medication for the days ahead. I got a little medicine box to sort them out properly which is very visual ๐Ÿ‘€ (Link to it on amazon here.) Iโ€™ve arranged the colours like a cool gradient ๐ŸŒˆ

Iโ€™m not going to lie: I am forgetful when it comes to medication. I couldnโ€™t tell you for sure if I had my medicine even if I took it five minutes ago ๐Ÿ˜‚ (I think I have short-term memory loss). Anyways itโ€™s all about the little things each day which help and organise my life.

Now to watch Brooklyn Nine Nine on Netflix…๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿš”๐Ÿšจ

(p.s how cute is my โ€˜lil succulent?! ๐ŸŒฑ)