Aspie Xmas Survival Guide | invisible i


I am totally loving this hat. I feel like
the Christmas Elf who’s coming to save Christmas for all the Aspies out there! Hey everyone, it’s Katy and welcome back to
my channel. So today I am carrying on with the #ChronicallyChristmas series and I thought
today, I would share my Aspie Christmas Survival Guide.
So Christmas can be a bit of an overwhelming time for a lot of us but especially for those
of us on the Autistic Spectrum – sensory overload and the change in routine can be a little
bit too much to handle. But at the end of the day, Christmas should be something that
we enjoy so I thought I would share a couple of my tips on helping Christmas go a little
bit more smoothly if you’re on the Autistic Spectrum.
So my first top tip is have at least 2 rooms of your house completely normal an not decorated
and as if it’s not Christmas at all. Preferably one of those should be your bedroom because
that is the place where you unwind and fall asleep so if it’s really stimulating with
Christmas decorations that probably isn’t the best. But I would also recommend having
a second communal space, maybe downstairs – a kitchen, a living room or a dining room
– so that you can spend time with your family and friends and not feel overwhelmed by Christmas.
Following on with decorations, I also think a really good tip to do this Christmas is
to help decorate the house if you are one of those families who decorates part of the
house. I think it’s really important to get involved with that, sometimes it can be a
little bit overwhelming, I understand, but if you;re involved with that process then
you can communicate whether it’s getting too overwhelming. Or if you have a family that
tends to go overboard with the decorations you can communicate when things are getting
a bit too much and you can be involved in that process just as much as your family.
So my next top tip is for those of us out there who still want to participate in the
Christmas Markets, the Winter Wonderland, the Christmas Parties and all the scheduled
Christmas events outside of the house. If you still want to get involved with that,
I would definitely recommend trying to do as much of that in the daytime as opposed
to the night. For me, I find nighttime Christmas things a bit too overwhelming because of the
music, the lights and the fact that it’s dark so I can’t properly assess the situation.
If you’re in the day, you’re less likely to be completely stimulated by the lights and
the music, there’s probably going to be less people there and you’re in the light so you
can assess the situation and know if you want to leave, you can leave.
But if you are someone who finds those activities really overwhelming regardless of whether
it’s day or night, I thought I would share a few of my Aspie Approved activities to do
with your family around your house this Christmas. So the first activity that I love to do is
making a gingerbread house and decorating a gingerbread house. You don’t have to necessarily
make it from scratch, you can just buy one and decorate it or if you are like me, I did
that from scratch last Christmas – I made a gingerbread house completely from scratch.
I will insert a picture right about now so you can see. I think this is a really good
activity to make you feel Christmassy, you can play the Christmas music in the background
and it is something that you can concentrate on for a good few hours – I think it took
me at least half a day to do that Christmas gingerbread house last year. But if you want
to do that I think it’s a really good sensory activity as well. If you’re like me and you
are a tactile seeker and love getting your hands dirty and stuck in things, doing any
sort of Christmas baking where you can mix things with your hands, mould things with
your hands and just get involved with all the sticky stuff, I think that is such a good
activity – and a soothing Christmas activity – to do this year.
The next thing I really love to do is just a bit of downtime with the family but still
making it a bit Christmassy which is getting involved in like a Christmas jigsaw or a Christmas
board game. I think this is a really good way to build up to Christmas and to get the
family involved in just having a bit of family time in the evenings. I think this is a really
nice way of relaxing and just getting into the Christmas mood without, like, screaming
‘Christmas’! So the last activity that I personally really
love to do in the build up before Christmas is no in the house but it is around the house
and that is to go for a walk with your family in the evening to just look at all the Christmas
lights on the houses. I think this is a really fun thing to do to make you feel Christmassy
but you’re completely in control of that situation. So you decide where you go, how long you go
for and how stimulating you want it to be – it’s completely in your hands! It’s a great
way of feeling festive just before Christmas and it’s something that I always do, every
single year, without fail. So my final tip in this Christmas Survival
Guide is to do with visiting – having people visiting you or going to visit other people
this Christmas. I know that this is the side of things that a lot of you guys find a bit
overwhelming, regardless of whether you have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or not. If you
have any sort of Chronic Illness this can be a little bit too much to handle and probably
the hardest bit to deal with over Christmas. So my biggest tip for this is to take something
with you that you can either talk about to someone or that you can share with someone.
Normally on Christmas Day, I’ve either had a jigsaw or a game – that’s like tradition
for me I normally have something – and I tend to take that up when we’re visiting family
so that all of us as a family – we’re quite a big family – can get involved with that.
Normally, it’s a game like Charades or Scene it or something like a video game and we get
involved with it and I think this is a way of having family time without having that
awkward small talk and those awkward pauses! I know, I feel you, going to family and friends
sometimes can be a little bit like ‘ah, I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to talk
about things, I don’t particularly like this person blah blah blah!’. Take something with
you, I think that’s a really, really good thing and it’s a great way of getting involved
with the family without being too overwhelming. But also when you’re visiting family just
know that you are still entitled to your alone time so if you need a quick escape then you
are totally entitled to that as well. I always take my headphones with me as well and if
I need to leave and just go for a walk, just go for a walk! You are completely entitled
to that and you should be able to communicate that with your family and speak up and be
like ‘look, I just want to go for a walk’. The other thing that’s really good to do is
if you have a dog, take your dog if you can! There are times where we have taken Meg to
certain social events and if I’ve needed to leave, I will take Meg with me. It’s a great
excuse ‘ah I need to take Meg for a walk, Meg is a bit restless, I’ll take her out for
a little bit’ but in actual fact I am doing it for my own benefit and not for Meg’s! So,
I think that’s another really good tip to just know that you can still have you’re alone
time even if you’re visiting this Christmas. So those are a few of my top tips for surviving
Christmas this year, let me know your top tips in the comments below and let me know
if you have any of those golden rules that you do every year to avoid a Christmas disaster,
let me know in the comments below. I am still talking questions for my Christmassy, festive
Q&A. You guys have already been commenting loads of questions but I am still taking them
so that I can film a Q&A at some point during this Christmas, festive series. So if you
have any questions about Christmas then let me know in the comments below and I will answer
those in a Q&A. Hope you’ve had a really good day and that
you’re still enjoying this #ChronicallyChristmas series and I will see you soon – bye guys!

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