A few days ago it was World Mental Health Day and I saw lots of Instagram posts that were so genuine and honest about the struggles of living with mental health issues. l wanted to share a little doodle I did explaining how mental health affects sensory people (and how the two can become quite intertwined to the extent that it’s hard to tell what’s responsible for what feeling, thought, etc).
I’ve explained before that my mental health is confusing to me because my issues can randomly intensify and l also struggle with episodes of depression which can be really debilitating. Obviously everyone’s mental health is very different but I do think it’s important to be supportive to each other both online and in the real world. I do think it’s great that self care is becoming more a ‘thing’ 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 having a community of neurodiverse and like minded people here on Instagram has really helped me to understand not only myself but to understand how others cope in the big wide world.
(Doodle is my own view of mental health and sensory issues and I totally understand that not everyone may agree / relate to what I’ve said and drawn as we all experience things very differently.)
Hello people of Instagram 👋🏻- as you may have seen in the photo above…I got a letter in the post this week 📮 I have been on the NHS waiting list for an Autism Assessment for over a year and a bit – (it’s a service which has long wait times, usually 9 months-ish, I’m based in the UK for those that don’t already know 🇬🇧)
So I’ve booked my appointment for the start of November and I’ve decided that the sensible thing to do is to go into it very open minded (aka not pinning any hope on getting or not getting a diagnosis).
I feel very grateful for the opportunity to have an assessment at the age of 25 and I’ll be sure to share and write up how I found the experience because I know I’ve read lots of helpful stuff online over the years that has really helped me 🙂
I felt a little bit all over the place this last weekend mental health wise 💬 and I think in a way the letter might have made me a bit anxious initially along with my mental health getting a bit on top of me.
I like to be honest and genuine (on here and on my Instagram) about my life as a sensory-being and I hope that comes across 🤞🏻
Keep an eye out for an update after my assessment 🙂
Hello everyone I’m here again to share another little doodle, this time on masking 🎭. So what actually is masking? Masking involves trying to hide being autistic so others will accept us. It’s also referred to as camouflaging. This means we act in ways that other people will think we are ‘normal’ and to try and be accepted socially. My doodle includes a few examples of trying to mask.
Over the course of my life I feel I have perfected the art of masking (which isn’t necessarily a good thing). I am extremely good at with-holding my feelings and emotions, bottling them up until I get home. I would cry when I had to go to primary school each morning. Then speed forward a bit in time and I’d come home from secondary school each day very tearful. I even used to cry up in the SENCOs (special needs support) room at break and lunch times because secondary school is quite literally THE most overwhelming place I have ever had to cope in 👀. But slowly through sixth form and university I began to build up a resilience to the world and although I still get overwhelmed I can always come home, have a bit of a sensory meltdown (and a good cry) then move on with things.
Socialising will always be hard for me and I think I will always cope with the world like this. But that’s okay. I have to actively remind myself that ‘normal’ isn’t real. And I think you should too. Masking is an autistic and sensory way of coping with the everyday and just trying to get by. Now that is brave. To go out in the world and just exist is a huge thing. Do you have any tips related to masking? Feel free to share below ☺️
Yesterday I went to see my work friend who volunteers at the weekend on steam trains! (Pretty darn cool right?!) 🚂
She’s been volunteering for 2 years and I’ve being meaning to come and visit her on the railway for ages. I had a bit of a wobble as I missed the first steam train that she was working on that was due to depart at 11am because the car park was so rammed full I had to park elsewhere and walk to the station.
I got upset (it took me an hour to drive and I was anxious to get there okay and this sort of ruined my routine a bit) so after a *little* cry I was fine and went into the town to have a sit down over a hot drink.
SO after I reconvened with myself (lol) and got myself in a better headspace I walked back to the station for my friends 1pm train! I’m so glad I stuck it out because I had such a good time – my friend let me come up onto the actual steam train to look at the engine and meet the rest of the crew.
I’m sharing this because I think it’s important to be honest with you all and to share what a meltdown is sort of like. How do you manage when you get overwhelmed or your routine changes? Let me know in the comments down below ☺️
Hi everyone ☺️ Here’s a quick little doodle I did (which describes a couple of days I’ve had this week!) you know sometimes when the world around you just feels a bit louder then usual? 🔈 It can affect your mood and for us sensory-beings can lead to overwhelm 🌍
I work in an open plan office which can get loud as people pop by each other’s desks to chat 💬 instead of booking meeting rooms. I can deal with this to some degree but sometimes it gets too much and then I know it’s time for a lil’ walk out of the office for a bit or to the toilets just for 5 to get a bit of quiet 🤫
How do you cope when things get too loud for you? 📢
Hey everyone ☺️ why not check out my guest blog post on ‘What’s in my bag’ over on Lydia Wilkins (@journo_lydia) blog here:
Her blog documents life on the autistic spectrum, it’s well worth a look! 🔍 Above is a quick doodle I did to go with the post. So if you fancy finding out what I carry in my bag everyday head on over to Lydia’s blog ☺️
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 ☺️