Having a safe-space to retreat to is essential for my wellbeing, and I have designed my entire home to be such a self-accommodating sanctuary. It is the one place in the world where I can feel at ease in my body without thinking about it
#AskingAutistics What are your top tips for getting to sleep and staying asleep?
I am an autistic woman, I have been working in the autism field as a mentor, adviser and advocate for many years but I trained as a Pilates teacher in 2016 with the aim of providing more autism friendly teaching and classes.
Joy, Morning joy, I’m always up before the birds and the sun, Always been a morning person, Partly due to a strategy developed in my early twenties, To hit the deck as soon as my eyes opened, In order to avoid falling into the depressive abyss.
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Honouring my inflexible adherence to routines actually enables me to be more flexible when I need to be, not less.
With a late autism diagnosis, I am learning to better identify my sensory landscape, and to understand how social interactions work (or don’t).
“If I don’t actively carve out time to be inactive, I fall apart.”
In 2019 I carried out a study to explore how late-diagnosed autistic women (like me) managed their health and wellbeing. This is the first of four blog posts describing the themes I identified when analysing the interviews