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Category: rituals

Let’s Talk about Self-Regulation

For a time, I was keeping up with my Friday updates, but it’s finals week, which means I’m grading stacks of essays, as well as submitting projects for my two online information technology courses, so my attempt to regulate was thrown off-track. I missed a week. Fortunately, missing a week inspired me to research self-regulation.…

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Love Water, Not Underwater

I write poetry sometimes at one of my other blogs, Reminiscencings. For my current reminisce project, I’m shedding the identities or masks I’ve accumulated over thirty years of pretending I’m a neurotypical (i.e., non-autistic) person; and the way I do this is by breaking apart words from Merriam-Webster—considering where I learned meanings, feelings, and ideas—then…

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This is How I Spiral Up

This may or may not work for you. But I want to believe I can help you. I want to share what worked for me, hoping it’ll help you. This video is an excellent example of how co-morbid disorders work. Stroke patients become prone to sleeping disorders. Then sleeping disorders make them prone to depression.…

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Turn a Bath Bomb into Movement

Bath bombs are an experience. While you can run a bath, drop a fizzy sphere into it, and call it a day, I like to turn my bath bombs into rituals by adding different layers of sensory stimulation—similar to the multi-sensory candlelight experiences I explored yesterday. The exception to this is when I’m trying to…

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Candles, Fire, and Aromatherapy

I both love and fear fire. You could say fire is my favorite example of the complications of our emotional brains; fire embodies our potential for creation and destruction. Fire is the rebirth of the phoenix, the stove in the kitchen, and the glory hole in my graduate glassblowing class. I’ll be exploring more about…

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Scented Soap for Sensory Sensitivity

I just love a freshly scented bath with a nicely textured soap. 🤗 Textures are a huge deal for many autistic people; touch can make or break an autistic person’s vulnerability to meltdowns, shutdowns, anxieties, and other “bad day” stuff. For instance, I used to wear sweatpants in elementary school (despite bullying) because jeans stripped me of all…

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Diffused Essential Oils for Depression

The following essential oils have been suggested for depression: basil; bergamot; cedarwood; chamomile; clary sage; jasmine; geranium; ginger; grapefruit; frankincense; lavender; orange; patchouli; peppermint; rose; rosemary; sandalwood; turmeric; vetiver; ylang-ylang. Reading Aromatherapy I recommend exploring the four links I embedded above, if you’d like to read more about the effects of specific essential oils; or…

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