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Welcome to Miss Molly and Aspergers! :)

Hello there, welcome to my blog Miss Molly and Aspergers! My name is Molly and I am a teenage girl with Aspergers Syndrome.

I have created this blog to help create awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

TIP: Search Aspergers on Facebook and you will find dozens of amazing communities and support networks! If you choose to interact in one of these communities, you may even make some great friends who are also Aspies, like I have.

Why you may find use in my blog:
Insight, support, self-research/experience and understanding (awareness) will be covered in the content of Miss Molly and Aspergers, including the following subjects and more:

- Bullying/dealing with peers
- Surviving in social situations
- Hobbies/Obsessions and Interests
- School/Life
- Communication - Social skills - Understanding spoken and unspoken language norms.
- Sensory Issues/ sound, smell, sight, taste, feel, (textures) - the ability to experience heightened senses - and coping with the strong diversions (intolerance)
- Importance of Routine and Structure
- Friendships
- Coping with Meltdowns and dealing with the aftermath (consequences - I.e Social embarrassment)
- Dealing with people who do not acknowledge the existence of The Autism Spectrum (ASD). People who therefore are unable to acknowledge the rhyme and reasons for your differences.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

How to deal with Depression (Written with Positivity)

Hello everyone :o)
Today I am talking to you about a common experience Aspies have. Depression.
Aspies are very susceptible to depression as you can imagine. However today this post is going to be focused on positivity, as this is needed by most people dealing with Depression. Therefore I will try my best not to expand on anything which is negative.

Being inside 24/hrs a day is a huge contributor, as your levels of vitamin D begin to decrease. Causing common physical complaints, (itchy skin, feeling 'yuck', feeling tired) and mental complaints (irritability, moodiness, Anxiety) and of course, Depression.

I well know people who have Depression lack motivation. So its very well for me to say, do this and that. However if you have Depression and are reading this page it is very certain you have recognized you have Depression and you want to get better. 
So my main priority with this post is to provide you with the information of what will help you once you have recognized this.
How do we cope with Depression?
From my experience and from listening to others with Depression the best way to tackle it is to get busy! And get out into the sunshine!
There are antidepressants available which are very helpful with re-motivating a person with Depression. I highly recommend if you are really suffering, see your doctor and discuss your options with them. 
My main focus for this post is the simple and effective lifestyle changes which also help 
antidepressants to be more effective.

So what do you do?
  • Plan for tomorrow, tomorrow is a new beginning, a fresh start. Quote: "Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life".
  • Plan to get up early, have a shower, get dressed, carry out your full routine for the morning so you are ready to go anywhere.
  • Go outside! Go shopping, go to the park, go for a walk, anything involving getting active.
  • If you have nowhere to go, even just sit in the sun in your back/front yard ! (with sun protection of course) you do not need to sit in full sun to get the benefits.
  • This will allow your mind and body to soak up some much needed vitamin D!
What is the next step:
Remove anything from your surroundings that is making you feel negative.
This may include;
  • Throwing out old pages from your diary
  • Deleting or hiding items on Facebook (such as; peers from school statues/videos/images about gossip, bullying, fights etc) even removing Facebook all together, even for a short period until you are feeling better.
  • Open your windows, let the light in!
  • Tidy your room, clean up any mess 
  • Limit the time you spend inside
  • Limit the time you spend on the internet

Now you need to think long term, what can keep me occupied? (something proactive)

Your new hobby could include (or pick up on an old hobby):
  • Exercising
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Gym
  • Bike riding
  • Art and craft (to make it more affordable look in second hand shops for materials)
  • Jewelry making
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Poetry
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Roller skating
  • Card making
  • Sewing/pattern making
  • Plan and carry out a project, such as paper macheing furniture for a dolls house
  • Awareness Cause
  • Fund raising 
  • Surfing
  • BMX riding
  • Skateboarding
  • Spend time with animals
  • Fishing

These are just some examples you can search in Google for more lists of potential hobbies.

Please Note:
This is my best advice, and it has helped me immensely, however I can not guarantee this will help everyone 100% as I know there are many with severe depression that needs medical attention. My best tip which applies to everyone; Do something about it now, whether that is talking to someone for help, medical attention, or these simple lifestyle changes I have provided.

Much love,
Xo Miss Molly oX

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