4 Self-Care Strategies For Autistic Adults

Some advice from my personal experience

Phoenix
The Unexpected Autistic Life

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Self-care matters, even more so when you’re autistic.

In one 2022 study, autistic adults “reported significantly elevated levels of perceived stress” compared to neurotypical adults. We face increased difficulty with emotional regulation, sensory overload, social situations, and more. To cope with these stressors, we need self-care strategies that meet our unique needs.

So, here are four examples of self-care strategies I’ve found to work for me.

1. Embrace Routines

Most people benefit from routines, but for autistic people, they’re especially important. They provide a sense of stability and give us an idea of what to expect so that we can more easily prepare for it. And when our routines are disrupted, we often feel a loss of control over our situation. For many autistic folks, this causes stress and anxiety.

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done to put routines into practice. For example, you may also have ADHD or an unpredictable life. Still, even small routines can help, so don’t be discouraged.

2. Allow Yourself to Stim

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Phoenix
The Unexpected Autistic Life

Neurodivergent and queer writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He/they. Check out my recommendations (affiliate links): https://benable.com/nebulanix