UK #autistic peeps: it is hot
For a good portion of us, heat is a sensory burden which can place stress on the nervous system and contribute to meltdowns. #Autism #ActuallyAutistic
Here's what you can do:
We can be rubbish at wanting to or remembering to drink enough. Carry a water bottle today. Set electronic reminder and/or set electronic reminders to drink each hour. #ActuallyAutistic
Stay in between 11 and 4. Close your curtains to create as much shade as possible. If you do go out, wear a hat, cover your shoulders, and, if you can tolerate the sensation, use a high factor suncream. If you can't, stay in #ActuallyAutistic
Water is my go to stim and de-escalation tool in hot weather. I'm almost 39 but I have a cheap kids paddling pool. I put that in the shade and sit in it. If that's not for you, cold shower or put feet in bucket of cold water. #ActuallyAutistic
For those with the tech, keep an eye on your heart rate. High heart rate can signal distress in your system, and can indicate dehydration also. If you're lucky enough to have a smart watch, use it. #ActuallyAutistic
Cancel all non-compulsory plans and social activity to conserve spoons and stay home and keep cool. Do things you want and avoid things that you don't. Don't overburden your brain. #ActuallyAutistic
In short, do what you need to do to keep calm and feel well. Share this thread and post your own tips below. #ActuallyAutistic #UKHeatwave #Autism
You can also buddy up with an autistic friend and remind each other!
I cannot emphasise enough the power of buddying. Having an autistic buddy to plan and execute self care helps me so much. You don't even need to speak, just be able to communicate via AAC or WhatsApp. Set a keep cool intention and support each other through. #Autism #Autistic

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Time for this regular reminder: if you have persisting "untreatable" anxiety/depression, consider exploring and ruling in/out a #neurodivergent condition that you weren't aware of, such as #ADHD or #Autism.
The anxiety and depression aren't direct "symptoms" of those conditions BUT if you have unmet needs because you don't KNOW what you need as you have no diagnosis, this is what usually shows up in later life. It's what happened to me. #ADHD #Autism
The good news is that - once you've processed everything - the mental health stuff can reduce or go away. I am not depressed and I am so much less anxious now, and I can manage it better as I understand myself better.
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