I feel that it’s important to teach autistic children and young adults healthy coping strategies. I say this as an autistic adult who had a lot of unhealthy coping strategies in my arsenal by the time I hit my late teens.
Learning to manage overwhelming emotions is hard for everyone, not least autistic people. When we don’t know how to manage them we may end up choosing destructive patterns of behaviour. Addiction, or unacceptable behaviour can be a result.
I’m trying to retrain my brain to learns to depend on coping strategies which are good for me mentally and physically. This is no easy task. During the moment of overwhelm it’s so easy to just go with tried and tested, even if it’s not the best choice.
In this video I’m discussing the types of unhealthy coping strategies I use. The types of strategies I would prefer to be using, and my plan for making that shift. Moving forwards to being closer to the type of person I want to be.
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I find that going out for a bike ride is very helpful for me. It’s my special interest and it’s healthy and I can be ready and out in only a few minutes.