Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
It’s the middle of the night and all my anxiety of the day plus a few new ones are making it hard to sleep. The “what ifs“ and “what next” are causing me to search over and over for new information on new sites. I feel stuck and since it’s the middle of the night, I really can’t talk to anyone. I need to use positive self-talk right now. I’m telling myself I did the best I could today and that’s okay. I try not to focus on what I need to do or haven’t done by making a list of tasks to do and “what’s bothering me” list so I can try to let go and stop thinking about it. I try to accept there are things I don’t know and can’t control in my life. I take comfort in the fact that I’m not alone in uncertainty and that lots of people are working on finding answers. I really need to go to sleep so I can be ready for tomorrow.
I need to practice self-care to get back to sleep. Some of the things I do to get back to sleep is drink a hot herbal tea, listen to something relaxing, either a recorded book or music. Try to read a boring, tedious book. Take a bath or shower. Mediation, mentally counting numbers, deep breathing sometimes helps. It takes practice to get better at either falling asleep and staying asleep. I try not to use my phone or watch TV right before bedtime or during the time I’m supposed to be sleeping. I’m careful to not drink too much water a few hours before bedtime since I don’t enjoy waking up to use the bathroom. I stop drinking caffeinated drinks shortly after noon since that can interfere with a good night’s sleep.
That’s a list of things I do and don’t do to get a good night’s sleep. I’m not always as successful as this blog shows, but I try my best. What about you, what works for you? What doesn’t work for you? Does it help knowing lots of people struggle to shut down anxiety to get a good night’s sleep? Please feel free to share what works for you in the comments. I look forward to hearing some new suggestions that may work well for me and others.