Today is World Autism Day

‪Autism and the impact that living with autism has is something very pertinent to me. I am far from an expert but there are things that I have learned due to my personal and professional experiences with autism that mean I have an understanding that may be beneficial to share.

I have recorded a short vlog today entitled ‘Autism & vestibular sensory processing – a short vlog about sensory overwhelm and anxiety’ that you can watch for free HERE

Please watch and share.

Feeling out of control? How building a new routine may help?

Today Caroline takes a look at how routine and structure at the moment may be adding to a sense of out of control but that creating balance in this new situation, with routine and structure may help.

Watch the short video HERE

Please get in touch to let us know what you’d like us to focus our vlogs on and tune into our Facebook page for more daily lives HERE

CALLING ALL PARENTS WITH CHILDREN 3-11YRS

A few words from our friend Jackie from Emotions Toolkit

‘Would you like to join our first FREE Emotions Toolkit Webinar for parents on Thursday 2nd April at 8pm?

During these difficult times we would like to help as many families as possible learn to self-regulate their emotions and develop some key skills for life. Bring these skills into your homeschool day by sharing with your children to help them manage their frustrations, anger, fears and worries more easily and boost both their well-being and yours 🙂

Both Debra and I are Mums, and here to share our knowledge We love what we do, we just are currently unable to do our daily work in schools, and know that this is an incredible toolkit that will support families well-being at this uncertain time.

Please share with other parents to spread the word and to book on click HERE

And watch this space as we will be working together in future with Jackie to bring information to parents and young people in new and innovative ways during this period of remote and digital working.

We look forward to another beautiful collaboration that will benefit the people that we all help!

A bit of light relief… what else we’re doing to help

During this time of lockdown our approach to wellbeing and social engagement has to change.

As a service we are looking to be as engaged as we can be at this time and have developed some really beautiful connections.

In a morning, Claire, one if our service managers will be hosting Facebook live sessions at 9.45 over at the Harmless Facebook page. Again, at the close of the day Claire will be summarising her day and helping to keep us all focused on managing our wellbeing.

On Wednesday we will be hosting the first of what we hope will be a beautiful collaboration with the At1 Space – a yoga centre in Nottingham who have agreed to support us and our work during this time. This first session will be hosted on Facebook live over on the Harmless page and will be taking a look at how we can relax during times like these.

If you are interested in finding out more about the At1 Space, please click here – you can access a whole range of remote classes. So join them and join us all on Wednesday.

And finally, to bring a little bit of light relief, why not join the Pub Quiz hosted by our CEO’s cousin Ali B over on YouTube Live on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Struggling with an eating disorder in lockdown.

I’ve been reflecting a lot over the last couple of weeks, as I’m sure we all have.

I’ve never worked harder for my service and for the people we help and for my staff, to keep them safe and in work wherever that might be. It took 15 hours a day, 7 days a week to get us where we are and I am really proud of all we have achieved.

However, I reached the home-straight and crashed, physically and mentally. I had a couple of days of unmanageable pain and unwellness. Bed bound. For those who know me, they know how unusual it is for me to surrender to unwellness but my body didn’t give me much of a choice.

I’m not in the best of health. I haven’t gained any weight nor managed to conquer my battles with food but for all intents and purposes, I function ok with what I have.

Like many of us, the stress and strain that comes with the Coronavirus is causing a disturbance to my usual way of being. I’m far from being alone with that.

Whether we’re worried about those we love, or we’re facing lack of income or secure employment or you’re missing the usual contact with people with whom you share you’re life, it would be impossible to not be impacted in some way.

What I’ve realised over the last week is how much of a life-line the simple pattern of my routine means to me – how much I value human contact and the ease of working flexibly with my colleagues, how much I need a routine and purpose for my own state of wellness.

I’m in a privileged position in so many ways. I have five children, a wonderful home and a massive garden where I can get the green and air that I need.

But I am not in control, in so many ways. I can’t go to work like I would do normally, nor access support in my usual ways, or benefit just from knowing I can get shopping when I need it.

Struggles with eating often come from a sense of needing control- of exerting an external control on an internal struggle. I note that external control tightening from the lockdown and my kickback is to restrain my diet; to try and take back that which I know I can’t, by controlling my food intake exacerbated with limited access to those which constitute safe foods.

For anyone that hasn’t struggled with an eating disorder it may seem counterintuitive but it dysfunctionally enables a balance of control to be striven for. The payback is that of weakness, illhealth and exhaustion alongside susceptibility to illness. That which sets out to attain control ultimately weakens my resolve, but it still feels compulsive.

So, while we are coming to terms with this new normal without knowing what will come next, or the rate at which things will change, we must each do what we need to get through. I’ve realised in myself how much sadness there is for all of our losses and for those for whom, because of the situation, are left even more alone than normal.

And, for those of us who are key workers and who continue to support others through this very difficult time, may we each ride out the storm we face individually and get the support that we need.

I also see hope and opportunities but for now I wanted to share the impact in order to hopefully enable someone, somewhere, to also find their voice.

Wake up well, with Pam

Our beautiful friend and colleague is providing morning positivity videos during the current climate.

Pam has worked closely with us for many years now and is a provider of workplace wellbeing and workforce wellbeing strategies, travelling the country delivering training to keep our workers well.

Please have a watch. We will post each morning.

https://youtu.be/Zck57ZcRUhM

You can learn more about Pam’s work here. In uncertain times, please support her too as she supports us.

https://pamburrows.com/

Morning positivity with Pam

Our beautiful friend and colleague is providing morning positivity videos during the current climate.

Pam has worked closely with us for many years now and is a provider of workplace wellbeing and workforce wellbeing strategies, travelling the country delivering training to keep our workers well.

Please have a watch. We will post each morning.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=DT8OyByI2n8

You can learn more about Pam’s work here. In uncertain times, please support her too as she supports us.

https://pamburrows.com/