Autistic magic ~ a self care kit…

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This is the ✨‘autistic magic ~ a self care kit’ ✨ from the wonderfully talented Jas from  @batmoons

The pack contains: burnt out zine (how to cope with autistic burnout) 🧠, doing stuff outside zine (how to cope outside/on public transport, a guide for anxious autistics) 🌳, an actually autistic print💡, a please do not touch me badge 🚫 and…stickers!

Swipe through to check out some photos of what’s in the pack and head over to my IGTV section to check out and unpacking video and flick through the zines!

Check out Jas’s Etsy shop to buy the kit, zines and lots more lovely things!

Daily sensory things that are hard to handle…🌍

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Oh heyyyy everyone! Coming back at you with another doodle today…’Daily sensory things that are hard to handle’ 👀 so these are a few of the daily things that overwhelm meee! Literally had a fire alarm test at my workplace today. Did I jump out of my skin?

YUP.

Do you struggle with any of these things? Or have daily sensory stuff that drives you nuts too? 🥜 Comment down below! Feel free to share my drawings but as always please credit me: @21andsensory

I was interviewed on the ‘Thoughty Auti’ podcast! 🧠

Hey everyone! Last week I was interviewed by the lovely Thomas from @aspergersgrowth on his podcast ‘Thoughty Auti’.

It went live last Saturday so go check it out! It’s everywhere you’d normally listen to podcasts and also on his YouTube channel too! Was such a nice chat and we talked all things sensory and autism related. Let me know what you think 💭

Links to the podcast:

Or search ‘Thoughty Auti’ wherever you usually listen to podcasts!

Aspergers Growth / Thomas’s links:

Surviving the Festive / Social / Party Season!🎄

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Another little doodle from me: this time just some quick little tips on how to survive this extremely festive/social/party season!🎄

If I’m truly honest I find this particular time of year difficult due to my sensory difficulties and because I am autistic. I find family gatherings quite hard so I like to go hide in the toilet every so often to keep myself calm and stop myself from getting overwhelmed.

I’ve also learnt to say no to a lot more events this festive season (obviously in a nice/ polite way!) so I’ve avoided the work Christmas party and work team party (why so many parties?!). As I result I have been questioned beyond belief (eye roll) by certain colleagues but I’ve stood my ground. I don’t do parties or large social gatherings – never have, never will. And that’s okay.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas / festive season and thank you so much for all your support this year – it’s really meant a lot to me!

Yoga…🧘🏻‍♀️

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Yoga…it’s something I’ve been doing for a little while now – once a month but something in the new year that I want to practice more. I go with my mum to a local yoga session.

There’s bits I find hard (instructor touching you to correct your position/posture occasionally, bare feet, strong smells from diffusers, general lack of body confidence and utter hatred of group classes 😂) but I manage.

I do enjoy the movement (not so much the lying down / quiet / meditative bits because I cannot for the life of me understand how people can be calm and relaxed when someone is talking them in a soft whispery voice) but that’s me just being honest sensory-wise.

I’m trying to ‘go with the flow’ more but it’s so hard as a sensory and autistic person 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think I’ll practice more at home with my lil’ mat! I’m definitely feeling the benefits though and enjoy challenging myself with different variations of positions / poses.

Public Transport Doodle ✏️

Coming back at you with another doodle, this time about coping on public transport! 🚌

I’ve had 3 (day long) training courses in London throughout November (you might have seen some photos on my Instagram Stories which are now under my ‘London Trip’ highlight) 🇬🇧Commuting is hard like generally (I don’t think anybody truly loves commuting especially not long distances) but commuting can be just that bit more difficult for those who have sensory issues and are autistic.

It can be loud (like underground tubes seem to squeal on the tracks in London 24/7…listen below!

Add to that the change in smells, proximity to other people and just general rush everyone in it can be very overwhelming. It’s disorientating at the best of times trying to find your way around train stations, bus stations, airports etc!

So my doodle above includes some things that have helped me before. Of course (as always) I can’t include everything in one small drawing and these thing may not help everyone but I thought I’d share the sensory aids I use. Any top tips for using (or just generally surviving) public transport? 🚃

Products from my doodle: