The older I get, the more I try to create a calm space for myself. Stress isn’t good for anyone, but particularly for autistics. The world generally causes us massive amounts of stress just being the way it is.
Home is my safe zone. And I’ve gone out of my way to try to create an environment that causes me the least amount of stress. My spouse has been really helpful and supportive in my need for calm and quiet.
Here’s what makes up my happy space on particularly stressful days:
- Comfy PJs.
- Noise-cancelling headphones (a new addition that has done wonders for my stress).
- Fleece blankets – we have six in our bedroom.
- My kindle.
- A scent I enjoy. Two of my absolute favourites are black cherry and strawberry lemonade.
- A TV show. It’s usually As Time Goes By or Bake Off. Both are shows that I find incredibly relaxing.
Those are all things that help me cope on rough days.
They make up my stress-free happy space.
What’s in yours?