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November 27th: Coping Strategies that Work

November 22, 2013

 In the middle hour we shared our own experiences with strategies that work for sensory overload, social phobia(s), anxiety and depression. Experiences are unique and as a group we heard different strategies that Aspies and others apply. Examples of such strategies included:

1.    Emotional Freedom Therapy: Self-talk that monitor’s feeling provides the ability to choose the mind’s focus. If negative thoughts (anxious or depressive) occur, can consciously change those thoughts; choose movement when depressive thoughts come.

2.    Substance Use: Caffeine for depression or any substance that changes the status of the brain. Methyl B12: Treatment for Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) variant.  <= for informational purposes only.

3.    Motion: Self-conducted motion or observation of continuous repetitive motion has calming effect. Examples include: spinning, pacing, swinging on swings, rocking in a chair, drumming, contra dancing, windowed clothes dryers in motion and twinkling or flashing lights.

4.    Sleep: Enough sleep has a limiting factor for stress.

5.    Planning: Thinking ahead leads to knowing what needs to get done. Know when plans are accomplishable.

6.    Being active/exercising/movement: Increasing cardio-pulmonary rate releases neurotransmitters which directly help with anxiety and/or depression and decreases the need for excessive sleep.

7.    Compression therapy: Dissolve anxiety through feel of weight and/or compression along with breathing techniques.

8.    Downtime: Being alone to decompress. Yard work for the zone-out it provides.

9.    People time: Leaving toxic people to be with positive friends, being in-love and spending time with that person.

10. Schedules: To control OCD with respect to internet use (the surf-hole) schedule days for fun or tasks with no internet use.

11. Brain Gym®: Cross-body exercises release stress, expend excess energy and enhance learning.

12. Accomplishments: One task or enjoyable project from start to finish alleviates depression.

13. Engage enjoyment: Do what you enjoy, i.e. photography, spending time with the kids, camping, etc.


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