The question for this week's Special Needs Blog Hop is "How do you handle stress?"
My answer: Not Well.
Thank you very much.
Okay okay, I'll give you more than that. I'm emotional. I wear my feelings on my face. No poker face AT ALL. I have a hard time separating logic from emotion. I react. Then I slowly allow logic back into the equation. Usually when applied correctly, the logic helps me recognize that things are actually okay.
One of the biggest gifts Autism has given me is the great ability to NOT sweat the small stuff. Many things have come up that would probably have driven me crazy years ago and now I can go, "meh... no biggie." When comparing most issues to the things that ARE big deals in my life today: where will Little Bird go to school? Will she ever have real friends? Will she ever be able to dress herself? Will she live with me forEVER?, That's when I put things into perspective REALLY quick!
So, I guess perspective helps me deal with stress. That and Xanax.
I get a babysitter once a week so my husband and I can go out together. I read books (most are not autism related). I workout (not enough). I eat sweets (enough). I talk about it. I talk about it to you, to fellow special needs moms, to the people who love me even if I'm a little crazy. So, thanks for listening and for helping me de-stress!