Laurel Hill State Park CCC Monument
Adulting, Independence

Adulting: Accepting Autistic Burnout

As this post is published on a holiday such as Labor Day (in the US), I would like to share a little more on how I have recently discovered that I recently met my terms with Autistic Burnout and that I accepted the need to better take care of myself.

Reflections

Reflections: Recognizing My Needs

Last week, being in almost a month of a near pre-pandemic workflow, I recognized that I needed to practice some self-care and take a “mental health day.” Many said how proud they were for me recognizing the need to do so, and as such I treated it as taking care of myself.

A Pavilion at a local park
Reflections, Sleep

Reflections: Autistic Burnout & Free Time

Over the years, I have been reading more about Autistic Burnout and exactly what it is. I think that I have always experienced it, but never understood it, nor have I accepted the fact that it is OK to not be constantly engaged in something, whether it be a special interest or something that I like to do that isn’t an interest. I am starting to learn finally that autisicic burnout is something that comes with the autism diagnosis and that accepting it will put my mind more at ease and I will be able to function better in life.

Paradise Church from the Road
Acceptance and Awareness, Adulting, Dignity & Respect, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence

Adulting: Realizing Burnout

Last week was a different week for sure. My schedule was anything but what it normally was. While I can easily adapt, by the end of the week, I had realized how burnout I really was and the need to practice, by fault some much needed self-care. Self-Care is not selfish.

Backyard Trees and Cemetery
Open Topic

Saying No, Burnout, Assertiveness and Downtime

Like many other people I struggle with saying no. There are a number of reasons for this. I read another advocate’s blog post on this issue and thought it was deemed important to address this in my blog as how it affects me as there are no two people with the same issue.

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Autistic Burnout Educational Video

https://youtu.be/zAw918RxTJM What is Autistic Burnout? a guide from Autism Women's Network Signs: • Lack of motivation (hard to care about goals when everyday life is overwhelming)• Loss of executive functioning abilities (decision-making, organization, etc.)• Difficulty with self-care• Easier to reach overload or meltdown• Loss of speech, selective mutism• Lethargy, exhaustion• Illness, digestive issues• Memory loss•… Continue reading Autistic Burnout Educational Video