Happiness = a swing in the garden 🌱

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Happiness = having a swing in the garden 🌱 this is a hanging swing I bought from amazon a while back. I am able to hang it from a secure fixture in my bedroom ceiling or outdoor from this very handy (and sturdy) tree we have at the bottom of our garden! 🌿 Swinging is said to be great for regulating sensory people’s vestibular system and the motion of the swinging back and forth can be calming 🎡

It’s going to be a hot bank holiday weekend here in the U.K 🇬🇧 and I know how lots of people can struggle with the heat both sensory and mental health wise. It’s important that you do you, and by that I mean you do what’s comfortable and what makes you happy. For example, if that’s sitting inside in the cool and enjoying the view of the outside that’s okay.

What’s not okay is peer pressure or questioning from others as to why you aren’t wearing ‘summer clothes’ or ‘getting out in the sunshine’. Not everyone enjoys the heat (and some of us have the added fun of being  very pale and burning easy 🙋🏻‍♀️) so it’s important to be firm but polite in these situations with something like ‘I’m enjoying the weather in my own way, but thanks for checking in on me.’ 🏖 Any other ways you recommend saying this? Comment down below and let’s share ☺️

Sensory Mapping at the Royal Academy of Arts 🎨

Two weeks ago I went to the Royal College of Arts in London to help the very lovely Becky from @sensoryspectacle. I documented my sensory experience within the RCA in order to help Becky later create a sensory map for visitors.

I also recorded my journey into and around London on my Instagram story highlights (which I uploaded to YouTube in the above video) if you’d like to see how a sensory-being got on in the city 👀

Things that are difficult for Sensory Beings…💭

I did a quick little doodle on what us sensory beings find quite difficult to do in our daily lives (Obviously these things aren’t exclusively difficult to just sensory people, these can apply to many different people).

Is there anything that you find particularly difficult to tolerate? Feel free to share coping tips and tricks below in the comments and let’s all help each other out ☺️

What is stimming? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Hi everyone 👋 this is a post in collaboration with the wonderful @agonyautie. Sara suggested working together on a post together all about stimming and what it looks like visually. Here are some wise words from @agonyautie:

‘Stop shaming stimming. Stimulate yourself through your senses. Have fun, Stim freely, be respectful of others and Stim Shame Free. Make sure to stim safely and stim boldly!’

I’ve tried to visually represent in my two illustrations ✏️ the wide variety of things that can be referred to as stims (which is short for self-regulatory behaviour). Stimming helps a person to self calm and process overwhelming environments. Some stims can be quite subtle such as hair twirling or chewing whereas others are more noticeable and can be destructive such as skin picking (dermatillomania) or hair pulling (Trichotillomania) which can cause damage.

It’s important to recognise that stimming safely (whether you are a child or adult) is okay and not something to ever be ashamed of. It should not be looked down on or discouraged. Go forth and stim freely! 🙌

Link to my original Instagram post here

Highly Sensitive Person 💭

img_0170-1This week I’ve started reading ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ by Elaine N Aron and it’s been the inspiration behind the quick doodle above. So far it’s been a really good book and it has some insights into HSP’s and research that’s been carried out 💭

I’m interested in all things sensory related and understanding myself and learning about sensitivities and sensory processing further. It’s weird to read about so many things I relate to or have struggled with but it’s great that the awareness is being spread as a result of books and articles 📚

I am definitely a highly sensitive person and that does make me different but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have my sensoryness and I’m trying to think more about it being a super power I have than a drawback.

Link to ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ book by Elaine N Aron

Surviving a wedding 👰🏼🤵🏻

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Hello lovely followers, hope you’re having a nice Sunday. So this weekend I went to a work friends wedding reception. I asked if you guys wanted to see how I coped over the course of a weekend away on my Instagram stories (which you did!).

If you’d like to see how I managed and what I got up to go and have a look at my instagram story highlight on my profile called ‘Party Survival’.

I’m currently travelling back to my house as I post this and can not wait to flop and get back to normal this week 😅 any top tips for managing at special occasions? Do comment them down below!

Why not pass on a smile today? 🙂

IMG_0164.PNGA smile can go a very long way. Why not challenge yourself to share a smile? It can be with friends, family, someone at work or school or even a passer-by. Just a little smile of acknowledgement can really make someone else’s day.

I’m learning that the little things in life are just as important to hold onto. Everyone seems to be growing up super fast around me and I still feel like I’m just behind everyone else. Obviously social media and comparing my life to others really (really) doesn’t help but it’s frustrating when all I see is other people hitting big milestones or doing epic things. I know these things would never suit me but I think it still affects me.

I will always be that little bit different… but I think being sensory might just be a super power 😉