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.
I’ve been holding onto a lot of anger, frustration, and resentment and I know it’s not good for me. However, I haven’t figured out how to most effectively let these feelings go. I’m realizing that it’s my attitude and beliefs that are causing me this pain and discomfort.
I think the first step is acknowledging and listening to what these emotions are telling me rather than trying to suppress them. Once I learn how to acknowledge my feelings, that they’re legitimate, I can safely say goodbye to those emotions. The best way I can explain these emotions is they are like the check engine light on your car; they’re there to tell you that something’s going on. So you stop what you’re doing, problem solve either by yourself or with a professional, and then you fix it and move on. You’re not supposed to be driving around with the check engine light on.
Easier said than done for sure. So how do I put this into practice for myself? I need to first forgive myself for my mistakes in the past and acknowledge that I can’t change the past. I can’t hop into a time-traveling machine and change the way things happened. I also need to pardon other people in my lives for perceived wrongs which means I need to stop ruminating about what happened in the past.
If I can successfully do this, it will be a huge weight off my chest. I think it will mean that I can focus on being present in the moment and spend less time thinking about the past. In a lot of ways, this is scary for me and hard for me to do but I believe I will be happier, healthier, and more at peace. Will I be successful? I don’t know but I do know it’s worth the effort for the betterment of myself.