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Pink Floral Junk Journal
Pink Floral Junk Journal
A6 Coptic Stitch Notebook
A6 Coptic Stitch Notebook
Twine Bound Journal
Twine Bound Journal
Snowman Dust Plug Charm/Phone Charm
Snowman Dust Plug Charm/Phone Charm
Handmade A5 Butterfly & Rose Traveller’s Notebook
Handmade A5 Butterfly & Rose Traveller’s Notebook
Altered Filofax with Dividers
Altered Filofax with Dividers
Pink Roses & Butterfly, Shabby Chic Junk Journal
Pink Roses & Butterfly, Shabby Chic Junk Journal
Goldstone Pendant
Goldstone Pendant
Coptic Stitch Journal
Coptic Stitch Journal
Alice in Wonderland Shabby Chic Junk Journal
Alice in Wonderland Shabby Chic Junk Journal
Dragon Eye Pendant
Dragon Eye Pendant
Patchwork Traveller’s Notebook
Patchwork Traveller’s Notebook
Gemstone Dust Plug Charm (Silver)
Gemstone Dust Plug Charm (Silver)
Pink & Green Shabby Chic Soft Cover Junk Journal
Pink & Green Shabby Chic Soft Cover Junk Journal
Single Wrap Purple Bracelet
Single Wrap Purple Bracelet
Gemstone Dust Plug Charm (Rose Gold Colour)
Gemstone Dust Plug Charm (Rose Gold Colour)
Mini Labradorite Pendant
Mini Labradorite Pendant
Bee, Wraparound, Junk Journal
Bee, Wraparound, Junk Journal
Pink Edith Holden Junk Journal
Pink Edith Holden Junk Journal
Pretty Floral Self Care Junk Journal
Pretty Floral Self Care Junk Journal
Edith Holden Traveller’s Notebook
Edith Holden Traveller’s Notebook
Yellow & Black Bee Junk Journal
Yellow & Black Bee Junk Journal
Beaded Snowman Dust Plug Charm
Beaded Snowman Dust Plug Charm
Jasper and Silver Pendant
Jasper and Silver Pendant
Large Labradorite Statement Pendant
Large Labradorite Statement Pendant
Unakite & Copper Heady Pendant
Unakite & Copper Heady Pendant
Rose Quartz Bracelet
Rose Quartz Bracelet
Yellow & Black Wrap Bracelet
Yellow & Black Wrap Bracelet
Halloween Junk Journal
Halloween Junk Journal
Labradorite Bracelet
Labradorite Bracelet
Jade Cluster Bracelet
Jade Cluster Bracelet
Jasper Pendant
Jasper Pendant
Gemstone and Copper Wire Pendant
Gemstone and Copper Wire Pendant
Agate Cluster Bracelet
Agate Cluster Bracelet
Blue Floral, Unembellished, Junk Journal
Blue Floral, Unembellished, Junk Journal
Cute Snail Dust Plug Charm/Phone Charm
Cute Snail Dust Plug Charm/Phone Charm
Natural Agate Pendant
Natural Agate Pendant
Self Care Junk Journal, Soft Cover
Self Care Junk Journal, Soft Cover
Handmade A5 Faux Leather Traveller’s Notebook
Handmade A5 Faux Leather Traveller’s Notebook

Alongside my blog, I also have an Etsy store which helps me in supporting my son. Please take a look and let me know what you like best.

Respite when you are an Autism Mum

Weeked planner page before the pen

Reducing Stress

Respite When you are an Autism Mum

Respite is a word that, as a mum to a child with Special Needs, you hear such a lot.  But, what is the reality of it?

My amazing son suffers from separation anxiety to a very severe degree, as well as general anxiety.  This is all part and parcel of having autism with demand avoidance traits.  Trying to get out by myself, or just time to myself is very difficult, if not virtually impossible sometimes.  To him, the thought of me being by myself is completely out of the question.  He does not understand that, at times, his mum likes to be by herself and just quiet.

Reducing Stress and Recharging Your Batteries

Sleep deprivation was used as a form of torture for very good reason!   Like most autism mums, I spend most of my life in a haze of exhaustion.  My husband is amazing and does what he can but, at the end of the day, it’s only me that will do when there is a crisis or, to be honest, anything at all!  This makes it so difficult to function as a normal adult – I use normal here in the loosest sense as I don’t actually believe that anyone is normal, that would make life very boring!

Planners & Planning

So, what has kept me going?  I’ve discovered the planning community!  Actually it’s become a bit of an obsession but, to be honest, there are way worse things to be obsessed with!

 

Planner supplies including washi tape

Planner Supplies

Planner Supplies including washi tape

Planner Supplies

I have a beautiful Filofax Malden, A5, in fushia, which is my main planner.  In here you will find monthly, weekly and daily sheets.  This is how I attempt to stay organised and sane.  This is “me” time.  Each month, I will fill in the monthly sheet with all the activities that are booked and have specific times.  Each week, usually Sunday, I fill out the weekly sheet, including items from the monthly sheet and I will put in a little more detail.  This then has the added bonus of reminding me as to what is happening that week. (I have previous for forgetting important appointments!) Then, each evening, I will fill in the daily sheet for the following day.  On the daily sheet is also my “To Do” list.  This is something that I just can’t live without.

If you would like to take a peak at the inside of my planner, you can see pictures on my instagram account, details of which, and a brief glimpse, can be seen to the right of this post.

This is my main form of respite.  I decorate my planner with washi tape and stickers!  I know that a lot of people will not understand but, this fulfils two important criteria:

  • Its so pretty and creative
  • It keeps me organised

Respite when you are an autism mum can take many forms.  It’s about finding what works for you.  For me it must have a practical purpose otherwise I find myself unable to justify it – rightly or wrongly that’s just the way it is.

Breathe - tomorrow is another day

And breath

What does respite when you are an autism mum look like in your life?

Until next time, stay strong and keep planning.

Lyn

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