9 Tips To Help You Recover From Autistic Burnout

Actionable advice from my experience

Phoenix
The Unexpected Autistic Life

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A hand reaching out from under the ocean waves.
If I had to pick one image to describe my burnout, I’d probably pick this. Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash.

I’ve been working on recovering from autistic burnout for over a year now.

It’s frustrating, to say the least. Even more frustrating is the difficulty in finding good advice for this issue. Because of how autistic burnout works and the society we live in, most advice won’t work for everyone.

If you don’t know what autistic burnout is, here’s a definition:

Autistic burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic life stress and a mismatch of expectations and abilities without adequate supports. It is characterized by pervasive, long-term (typically 3+ months) exhaustion, loss of function, and reduced tolerance to stimulus.
“Having All of Your Internal Resources Exhausted Beyond Measure and Being Left with No Clean-Up Crew”: Defining Autistic Burnout

While I’m still recovering from my burnout, it’s improved enough for me to share some tips I’ve learned on managing it.

Tip One: Have Patience

Autistic burnout varies in duration, and it’s not uncommon for it to last months or even years.

So patience is important. Remember that the stressors contributing to your burnout have built up over a long…

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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