When you're on the verge of physical burnout, people tell you to rest your body. To listen to it, to help it relax. Autistic burnout is different in that I find I must listen to my brain as much as my body, maybe even more so. Autistic burnout is when your brain becomes so exhausted, [...]
Why is everything always a problem?
"Why is everything always a problem?"I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard that phrase over the years, especially when I was younger.I think about logistics a lot. The hows and the wheres are important to me, I need to know them. My brain thinks at a rapid rate to see if something will [...]
In a world that values team work…
If you ask someone what their favourite online game is right now, the majority of people will be able to answer you right away. Mine is online scrabble. It saved me during lockdown. It kept my brain busy, it was social without having to be actually social and kept connections (however vague) with people who [...]
Moving to our new normal.
Moving from survival to our new normal.I posted on social media about how my brain has been in shut down. It's protecting itself from threat. For a finite amount of time this is of course absolutely fine for an adhd brain, but after a while it leaves you feeling low that you're achieving nothing. You're [...]
Accepting limitations is not a weakness…
Accepting your limitations isn't a weakness, it's quite the opposite.As lockdown has continued I feel as though layers and layers of masking, expectation, self protection and my own false impressions of myself have slowly been stripped away. It's a strange feeling, the world has never provided me with an opportunity like this before. An opportunity [...]
The indirect risk of Coronavirus…
Just because you agree with a decision, doesn't mean you can't be scared about it too.By 7pm on Monday, McDonalds will close all its restaurants and drive thrus. Many people will have no clue why this terrifies me, but some of you will totally understand.Social distancing is not new to our family. We've been doing [...]
The importance of a morning routine.
One of my new years resolutions was to learn more about what makes me tick. So far the learning curve is pretty steep...During a term time week my morning routine is shit hot. I know what I need to do and in what order and once 9.30am comes I feel my whole body relax. If [...]
Why my house is never tidy…
Some of you may have seen in my stories recently that I watched a webinar on the ADDitude website about how to conquer clutter in the home when you have ADHD. It was by the fantastic Linda Roggli and was the first time I had come across her and quite frankly, she blew my mind!Being [...]
Another diagnosis journey begins…
Today I announced on social media that I will be taking on my own diagnosis journey this year (and likely next year and maybe the year after depending on waiting lists). Last month I had the stark realisation that I have ADHD. I felt my brain explode as all the pieces of my life fell [...]
Why we live in an inherently ableist world.
The word "ableism" is used an awful lot these days, but do you know what it actually means? An "ableist" is someone who holds discriminatory views about people with both physical or learning disabilities, often of the opinion that they need to be "fixed". But where did ableism come from? Where did it start? I'm [...]