Hi everyone – I wanted to make a collection of achievement badges we might have made during Lockdown 3.0 (UK) but also during the pandemic in general…I’ve done a couple of these posts before (scroll back in my feed to have a look!). Here is my description of each:.-
Used my fidgets and enjoyed stimming: it’s hard to self-regulate as an autistic person / sensory being so using fidget toys and stimming is really a big achievement because you are essentially helping yourself to cope within this weird old world using these mechanisms. Stimming is such an expression of you as a person and definitely something to be proud of.
Indulged in my special interests: this is an achievement! Special interests are the BEST. I love hearing other peoples (feel free to comment yours down below!) and I am constantly outstanding by how knowledgable you all are on different topics!
Went outside (briefly…and within national lockdown guidelines): Going outdoors at the moment can be difficult due to the national lockdown restrictions and the awful weather. But even popping out for a quick walk or stretch in your back garden is an achievement worth celebrating.
Did a chore or life admin: Now this is huge. Chores and life admin tasks can build up very quickly so even attempting to start one of these is a huge achievement.
Made time for myself: we’ve all heard it before, self care is important. Making time for yourself can literally be in any way you see fit – just taking time to have a nice bath, read a book, watch your favourite YouTube Channels or TV Shows on repeat is an act of self care.
Made routines and carried on despite it all: A lot of autistic people I have spoken to have really benefitted from creating routines and schedules within the past year in order to create some daily consistency and sense of normality. I write everything down in my muji weekly planner because my mind cannot hold any information in it so I essentially brain dump constantly into it!
Spent time with my pet: if you have a pet you’ll how great they are in terms of company and just being (mostly) willing to be hugged and patted 24/7. If you don’t have a pet I know how hard it is currently to not be able to see friends with pets, not be able pet cute dogs you see in queues outside places or always be hearing of people getting new cute puppies and kittens. This sucks but soon I hope we can all get back out to see our furry friends. I am very lucky to be living at home with my family doggo (but I am desperate to one day get a dog of my own: a sausage dog!).
Also: if you have a pet go pat it. Right now. Say it’s a pat from Emily 😉
IMAGE ID: A digital illustration with title ‘Lockdown Achievements’ with ‘Autistic / Sensory Edition) written underneath. 8 different shaped badge designs (mustard yellow, pastel green, purple, light green, light orange, teal and pastel pink) with the title wording in the description above in bold capitals and handwritten joined-up lettering. The shapes of the badges are all different, tag shape, rounded square, arched, triangular, arrow and circular).
I did a little photoshoot with my small box of fidget and stim toys (because why the hell not?). I think I underestimate how helpful these can really be and I forget to use them if they aren’t in my line of sight, which is when I end up biting my nails, bouncing my legs or flicking / fidgeting using my eyelashes and eyebrows.
In this month’s episode I had a chance to speak to the very lovely Emily (find her @autie__eevee on Instagram). We spoke about a whole range of things such as her self diagnosis of Autism and her journey to be formally assessed, her first year studying Fine Art at university, her special interests and hobbies and about her amazing Instagram account!
Hi everyone – back again with a doodle. I started this drawing a little while back and I kept coming back to it and adding stuff before I felt happy with it. I think this relates to being in self isolation / lockdown / quarantine / whatever you want to call it.
Some days can be mega productive whereas other just…aren’t. And that’s okay. It’s important to have downtime and to step back from things in order to come back refreshed and to return with a new outlook, whether its work, studying or a special interest.
And…just existing takes alot of time, effort and patience. Be proud of yourself for hanging on in there..
Also if you have a pet go pat it. Right now. Say it’s a pat from Emily 😉
Hi everyone – this is a day in my life working from home as a Graphic Designer. I usually work in an open plan office but due to UK lockdown I have been working from home for the past 3 months (and I much prefer it!).
This is the first ever ‘vlog’ style thing I have uploaded so naturally I’m quite nervous about it. If you are interested in how I work from home my latest podcast episode on this topic went live on May 31st so if you would like to hear me talk about the pros and cons of working at home in more detail (and just generally rambling on like I usually do) search for 21andsensory wherever you usually get your podcasts!
Here’s my latest doodle…Working from Home (Autistic / Sensory Edition) My latest podcast episode on this topic has just gone live so if you would like to hear me talk about the pros and cons of working at home in more detail (and just generally rambling on like I usually do) search for 21andsensory wherever you usually get your podcasts! Here’s some more info on the episode:
In ‘Episode 19: Working from home and managing life in lockdown’ I chat about:
How I have found working from home and the process from the very beginning 👀
Struggling with meltdowns, overwhelm, change and routines 🧠
My current work set-up and how I’m coping ✏️
The pros and cons of working remotely 👩🏻💻
And finally an advice section for those working / studying / revising / teaching / generally trying to live and survive at home during lockdown 🏠
Hey everyone – hope you are all doing okay. Emily (@autie_eevee) reached out to me during the week to ask if I wanted to collab on a lil’ drawing with her – she designed the circular graphic and we each filled out a half (I filled out the sensory defensive half and she filled out the sensory seeking half) Zoom in to check out all the little details and see her great description below:
Sensory Seeking and Sensory Defensive
For me, this is a topic which I struggle with and causes me anxiety, because I doubt whether I am autistic because my sensory issues aren’t as heightened as others. However, I think that it is often forgotten that sensory issues – just the same as autism – is a spectrum. Everyone has different sensory issues and needs and so I have teamed up with the lovely Emily from @21andsensory to create this infographic about the sensory spectrum.
Sensory sensitivity is a spectrum, on which you can be situated anywhere – and it can actually differ from person to person, with some people having a range of sensitivities for different things. For example, you could be highly sensitive to sound but not sensitive to touch.The terms for ‘being sensory sensitive or not’ is “sensory defensive” or “sensory seeking”.
As the names suggest, sensory seeking people are often HYPOsensitive to sensory input, meaning that they search for it and enjoy the sensory experiences. Sensory defensive people are HYPERsensitive to sensory input, meaning they actively avoid it, due to it being uncomfortable and causing physical pain or discomfort for them.
I am still learning about where I am on the sensory spectrum, although I know I am a mix of the two and it very much depends on the situation I’m in as well. However, I hope this post has been helpful and informative in a little talked about topic! 💖
All Things Quarantine…this doodle may have taken me quite a while to do…but here’s an overview of some things I’ve been enjoying (and yes loving plants as always ❤️🌱). I’ve been drinking ALOT of tea, falling into YouTube holes, organising and tidying my room and life and just generally doodling and creating things here and there.
I’ve been working from home up in my little bedroom, which I’m enjoying as it’s an environment I can control and…no need for masking! (apart from on video calls lol). My next podcast episode is going to be me chatting about all things working from home related and the differences I have found between working remote and in an open plan office. It’ll go live at the end of May so keep an eye out for when it goes up and tune in!
Also let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!
Something a bit different, I’ve decided to make some colouring sheets from my illustrations! Every week I am going to be putting a downloadable colouring sheet of one of my illustrations live on this dedicated page on my website. The first one that is live right now is the ‘Self Isolation Achievements’ (Autistic / Sensory Edition) please let me know if you colour them in and I’d LOVE to see photos – feel free to send to me / tag me and I’ll be sure to share! Pop them up as posters to remind yourself of your fab achievements.
I would super appreciate a small donation if you would like to download the printable PDF’s (I appreciate we are in a pandemic currently and totally understand if you are not able to donate – the PDF is still downloadable) there is a link to my newly created kofi account on the page.