#225 Managing my own mental health/ self care

Mental health is a massive pressure for everyone these days, never mind those of us who already had some challenges. Here’s how I’m dealing with it to keep myself on a level and take care of ME.

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It’s hard work being autistic.

Ok, now bear with me, because I need to put some context behind that title statement. For those of you who don’t know, I used to be an ASD specialist teacher until I stopped teaching in 2012. So, I already knew that for people on the autism spectrum, the effort needed to ‘appear normal’ is intense and when life is stressful autistic traits are more visible to others. But, I have never noticed this within myself with such clarity until now.

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This weeks update: too many photos to share!

I have decided that for now, I’m going to put myself first and invest time in ME, and making the life around me the way I want it to be. So here’s how I have been doing that.

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New relationships: feeling more autistic!

I have had so much steady state certainty for so many years that it has been easy to forget sometimes, that I have autism. When a mainstay relationship ends, the danger can be that an autistic person is sent into a spiral head spin, overwhelmed by the vast amount of change and new things that have to be learned. The one I want to focus on is relationships and two elements in particular today.

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The trials and tribulations of dating in your 50’s

What an unusual position I find myself in. I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have forecasted I would be 50 and single, even if you asked me just 18 months ago, I would have thought it was a mad crazy suggestion. But here I am. And it’s a tricky one.

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