With the festive season being in full swing I thought I would write a blog to offer some advice for people with dyspraxia and/or anxiety or people who may simply find the festive season a little overwhelming. As with all of my blogs, everyone with dyspraxia is different so not everyone will find everything I talk about challenging. Plus I thought it would be good to write myself some advice to follow myself which I hope I can follow.
I think it's important to go at your own pace and not compare yourself to others. Set yourself little challenges which are manageable for you and be proud of yourself for achieving them, keep going you can do this! Most importantly as well as being kind to others be kind to yourself- you're trying your best and that's enough and enjoy spending time with your loved ones.
2. Shopping: The thought of going into crowded shops can be chaotic especially if spatial awareness is a difficulty, again lots of people trying to fit into not much space, whilst having to navigate yourself round all the fancy sales displays not to send them all flying, or other customers flying. Then there's trying to carry everyone's gifts without dropping them. Again I'd say choose your times wisely, write a list of what you need, who for and what shops you need beforehand and choose shops you know well and don't do too much. If it all gets a bit too much find some space for a breather. Take bags with you which you find easy to hold and always remember there's the internet to shop too.
3. Public transport: Everyone needs to be somewhere at Christmas and public transport can resemble people packed in like sardines. My dyspraxia can make travelling on public transport difficult (blog to follow more about this.) Having music as a distraction can help with anxiety and having a friend with you to help travelling in busy times can make life a little bit easier.
7. Tiredness and fatigue: with all that rushing around and our brains having to process the world around us 10x harder on any day, it can be really easy to feel especially more tired and struggle with fatigue at this time of year. Be kind to your body, look after yourself and make time to relax and unwind.
8.Low mood: For some people whatever time of year can be a struggle Christmas regardless, if you are going through a difficult time this Christmas for whatever reason always remember you're not alone and there will always be a listening ear.
10. If you're a friend or loved one who knows someone who struggles with any of the above one of the best things you can do is have an open mind and be empathetic. Talk to them about the best ways you can help, the little things can make a huge difference not just at Christmas but all year round.