Autistic Self Care – Weighted Blanket Relaxation & Anxiety Relief




I’m here on the couch under this weighted blanket. I am just taking maybe 10 to 15 minutes to just unwind and decompress. I have been in very stimulating environments frequently, and for prolonged periods of time fairly often recently, and I’m feeling a bit overstimulated.

It’s like too much energy is in my body; it feels horrible. And so, engaging in soothing activities is one way I regulate, so this is me taking a break and trying to slow my body down manually.

So, I’m going to lay here and close my eyes, and just take some deep breaths. Kinda like ya know, almost like meditation, in a way. Just make effort to calm and soothe myself.

Do you have any calming and soothing routines or rituals that you use to help unwind and slow yourself down if you find yourself moving a bit too quickly?

Let me know, because these strategies – we can always use more of them. Thank you, guys. I’ll talk to you next time.

Published by Christa Holmans - Neurodivergent Rebel

Christa Holmans, an autistic self-advocate from Texas, runs the the internationally recognized neurodiversity lifestyle blog Neurodivergent Rebel. Neurodivergent Rebel opened her blog in 2016 as a way to introduce people unfamiliar with autism to neurodiversity. Her blog, which is sometimes released in written format and also via YouTube video, explores the ideology of neurodiversity and the creative expressions of autistic people. Holmans’ blog pushes for acceptance of neurological differences and respect for the autonomy of neurodivergent people. Holmans is also known as the pioneer of the #askingautistics hashtag, which is often accompanied by a short question about everyday autistic experiences. This simple hashtag connects neurodivergent people who would not otherwise have a reason to engage with each other to foster understanding of the autistic experience.

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