“Meltdown” is a pretty commonly used phrase these days. When I use it I don’t just mean that I lost my shit because something didn’t go my way. I am referring to the frightening, overwhelming, out of control experience of an overload induced meltdown. We most commonly refer to children as having meltdowns, but autistic (and other wise neurodivergent) adults experience them too.
here are some things I am learning to say to myself
when I battle self doubt, exhaustion and overwhelm
Some days I wake up feeling good, I am productive and get to the end of the day feeling pretty good. Some days I wake up feeling good, but somewhere along the way things go a bit off and I abandon plans in favour of resting to avoid overload. Some days I wake up and nothing feels right, the whole day is a struggle and the best way to describe how I feel is just “wonky”. Wonky days are difficult to manage, but I am getting better at it.
I’d like to talk about stress, and how I am learning to manage stress in my life. First, let’s make sure we all understand what I mean when I say stress. I feel like societally we understand stress as an inherently negative thing. That is not the way I see it.