ASD Tip of the Month


Self-Care

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


Picture This

February

Using mental pictures to imagine scenes can aid in relaxation and free your body of tension. What do you think of that brings you peace, comfort and a feeling of relaxation? Is it a beach? A catamaran ride? A walk through a forest with a babbling brook? Allow yourself to imagine a place that is relaxing to you. Engage your senses by experiencing the textures, sounds, sights, and smells that you find pleasant. Consider putting up a picture of what brings you peace in your room or on your desk and go to “that place” when you need it most. Allow the concerns of the day to fade away as you focus on placing yourself in your desired relaxing imagery.