Self-Care for Sensory Overload

Growing up with a younger brother on the autism spectrum, I was no stranger to sensory overload. He still (even to this day) can’t wear certain fabrics like denim, can’t eat certain foods, and is sensitive to sounds and colors. I remember how, when he was younger, we’d wrap him in a blanket (much like swaddling) and we’d make a game of it, pretending that he was a hotdog and we’d name all of the things we were gonna put on him. Being wrapped up like that instantly calmed him down. We learned what a sensory overload meltdown looked like and how to help him feel better. In my teens, I developed anxiety and I was constantly overwhelmed by so many things. Especially in public places with lots of sounds. As an adult, my anxiety was worse. There were days when I was so anxious I felt like I was…

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Healthy Love vs. Unhealthy Love

As Valentine’s Day approaches it gives everyone a chance to re-evaluate their relationships. I wanted to showcase what healthy relationships look like and also what unhealthy ones look like. No one’s perfect and you might fall into unhealthy behaviors at times but it’s so important that your relationship be more healthy than unhealthy. I’m very aware of what unhealthy relationships look like. In my first relationship, we both did and said completely loathsome things to one another. It was 100% toxic and full of lies and manipulation. (On both sides) My second relationship was controlling and very off and on (on both sides). In my third relationship, I was the problem. I was jealous, controlling, manipulative, extremely up and down, and verbally abusive while they were patient, kind, non-reactive, and understanding – at least until the point that they couldn’t take my verbal abuse any longer and they created a…

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February Self-Care Calendar

This morning I was trying to think of what image I wanted to create for social media. I thought, why not create a self-care challenge/calendar? They’re always really popular and it turned out SO CUTE! February Self-Care Ideas! 1. Make a list of goals. If you don’t really have any ideas, create a few self-care goals! 2. Positive self-talk! Say something nice to yourself. 3. Take a break. Mentally, emotionally, physically – whatever kind of break you need. 4. Self-soothe. If you;re having a hard time check out these techniques. 5. Move your body in whatever ways feel good to you! 6. Vent to a friend. We spend so much time holding things in, it’s good to let it out. 7. Get inspired. To read, create, think, dream, reorganize your closet – something! We need that rush of inspiration – search for it. 8. Stop putting things off. Procrastination can…

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How To Lead A Calmer Life Today!

Anyone else feeling super stressed out since the start of the year? For me I’ve been battling the flu and a stomach bacteria but I feel like I’ve fallen so far behind on my 2020 goals by being out of commission for a week. A calmer life is something I need right now between taking meds, doctors appointments, and everything else. It really highlighted for me how we prioritize doing things and making ourselves busy rather than prioritizing relieving stress. Do you feel guilty when your stress levels are low so you start piling things onto your to-do list? Ah, so it’s not just me! I know it’s an important part of self-care but I still have issues putting my money where my mouth is. Failing to make your stress levels a priority has a huge effect on mental health and that’s why I want to share some quick and…

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