ASD Tip of the Month


Self-care is vital for the well-being of any individual, family member, and professional. Sometimes with an autism diagnosis, the experiences and emotions one might feel can make the skill to practice self-care seem unattainable. Often times, professionals and family members set aside their own needs while underestimating the effect it can have on their own well-being, frequently leading to higher levels of stress and lower levels of quality of life. Each month, OCALI will highlight resources to help start a new habit toward self-care and the opportunity to challenge yourself to be #ABetterMeABetterYou.

Coming Soon: Book Study Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plan for Educators by Tina Boogren

Know Your Stressors


Back to school can be an exciting time of year for students, educators and families as they prepare for new experiences and opportunities. However, it can also bring on unmanageable stress. Even the most resilient individuals can experience stress as new routines and expectations are established. It is essential to begin to recognize the stressors and situations that are draining you and find the one healthy coping strategy that works best for you. Be sure to include it in your daily routine. One strategy might be hydrating yourself more with plenty of water throughout the day, as suggested in the Everyday Tips to Help you Stay Hydrated video by Banner Health. Water can reduce stress and is easy to include in your daily routine. For example, Tip #4 shows how vegetables and fruits contain water: watermelon 92%, carrots 87%, cantaloupe 90%, cucumber 96%, strawberries 91%, and zucchini 94%. Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down. So, keep the water bottle handy!