I found a simple coping mechanism, a calming exercise that I’ve been using lately. So I wanted to share it with you.
It works by thinking of words to describe feelings.
Nature As A Form Of Spirituality:
Nature is my spirituality. It calms me more than anything else. I only have to work with my plants. Or look at photos or paintings of nature and landscapes.
And of course, being out in nature is quite soothing.
This is why I have chosen to bring paintings of nature scenes into my apartment in the past few months.
Paintings Of Nature Scenes:
If, like me, you can stare into the painting and feel yourself become calmer, then this is a worthwhile addition to decorating your home.
The way I go about decorating my apartment is to evoke a feeling of serenity. Of providing a feeling of safety and happiness for myself.
Sometimes I just look out the French doors at my patio garden and I immediately feel my body relax.
The other day I read something that stuck with me. I can’t recall where I read it.
But I applied it and it works as both a coping mechanism and a calming influence for me.
How You Feel At This Moment:
You think of words to describe how you feel at that exact moment.
For instance: anxious, happy, calm. You don’t have to say them; just think the words to describe how you feel. Just 1-3 words are sufficient for me.
Tired, stressed, content, or any combination of feelings.
Maybe it is the distraction itself that calms me.
The Flood Of Hormones:
When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
The release of these hormones rouses the body for emergency action.
Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, and breath quickens. And also your senses become sharper.
Many feelings – such as fear, anger and joy – seem to be experienced more intensely by those with Asperger profiles than by average people.
What Is Asperger’s/ASD:
Asperger’s is considered a high-functioning form of autism. One of my grandsons has been diagnosed with it as well.
(Note: Many doctors still use the term Asperger syndrome, or Asperger’s, but all autism diagnoses are now formally ASD.)
For instance, I don’t like to go out among crowds or during the time of day when I think more people will be out and about.
I would be very hesitant to get on a bus or go to a concert or movie theatre. The older I get the more ingrained these responses seem to be.
Sounds combined with certain smells combined with visual stimuli can be overwhelming. It can bring on the fight or flight response.
Asperger’s/ASD Responses To The World:
People with Asperger’s syndrome may have high intelligence and better than average verbal skills. But have trouble with the regulation of emotions.
Or become easily stressed when sounds/noise persists.
However, adults with Asperger’s often have a remarkable ability to focus.
They may be able to concentrate on an issue or problem, especially if it interests them, for long periods of time.
This attention to detail may make them incredibly successful at problem-solving.
People with high-functioning autism often strive for perfection in everything that they do.
As a result, the efforts made by children or adults with Asperger’s represent attempts not only to solve a problem, but to solve it completely.
Try The Descriptive Words Exercise:
Try thinking of a few descriptive words to sum up how you feel right now. I’d be interested to read your responses.