Welcome to Summertime! For parents, educators, and providers working with children on the autism spectrum, summer can become the best time for autism self-care. Sometimes, educators and providers have a summer vacation. Others work year round. Sometimes, parents become full-time primary caregivers for their children on the autism spectrum during the summer.
No matter how much time we spend together during the summer with a child on the autism spectrum, summertime energy is different. The sun comes in, days are longer and the mood can be one of relaxation and positive energy—if we play our cards right and use autism self-care. It’s all part of Autism: The Spiritual Approach.
So what do we mean by autism self-care? It’s pretty simple really. When we shift the focus first to shift our own energy as adults, the children in our care will experience an automatic energy shift. Most often, our summer shift revolves around schedules and other physical adjustments. And when we talk about autism self-care, a common response is—how can I find time for self-care?
But consider that putting the summertime focus on our own wellness, in mind, body, and spirit can set the foundation for more summer sunshine and fewer summertime blues.
Here are some quick and easy autism self-care tips:
For 30 seconds each day: Use the mirror reflection activity. As you stand in front of a mirror and take just a few seconds to breathe in color energy. Imagine white, purple or green sparkling energy coming into your body. Visualize that energy permeating whatever areas of your body that needs attention at that time. Sound too easy? Try it. What happens is pretty spectacular. Not only will you feel differently, but your child or the children in your care will feel the new, clean sparkle in you.
For 30 seconds each day: Calm yourself. Use your own voice. Use a long, stretched out hummm sound and feel the vibration throughout your body. Find just the right tone and vibration speed. It is scientifically proven that sound resonance can change brainwaves and permeate the cells of your body. A great technique I learned from my friend Elizabeth Huxtable, Sound Therapist.
For 30 seconds each day: Before you dress in the morning or shower, enjoy a self-hand massage. Use a bit of almond oil or your favorite non-scented hand lotion. Take your time. Be sure to use the entire 30 seconds. If you want to take it a step further, you can check out the practice of Ayurveda Warm Oil Massage.
There you go. A minute and a half each day of autism self-care. I know it sounds so simple. And it is. But the power behind each second within each minute is your conscious intention to change your own energy to calm. And when we feel calm, we can feel connection. That calm, ready for connection energy is contagious. Each child in your care will absorb that energy. And conversely, when we don’t tend to our own energy, our anxiety, and feeling of disconnection is contagious, too.
Autism self-care is the first step in Autism: The Spiritual Approach. Try it. You’ll love how it feels. You’ll love how it works even more. Expect miracles!