Holidays can be a challenging time for some people that don’t like a change to their routine, in particular, people with Autism. Not only is this an anxious time for the person but also for family members and carers.
It is important, we all take some time for self-care. I am a yoga teacher and want to share with you a short Pranayama (yogic breath) practice, you can do each day, to calm the mind, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and will allow you to reset and find internal peace.
You only need a few minutes each day. I like to wake early for my practice.
Here are a few tips:
• Try to wake up early, if possible, before anyone else.
• Find a quiet space, I like to be in the garden amongst nature.
• Begin seated, in a comfortable position.
Pranayama (yogic breath) practice:
Some other supports that might help with reducing your child or the person you are supportings, anxiety, at this time, are:
Weekly Picture Schedules – great for preparing someone when there is change to their routine and reduces anxiety, by showing pictures of what activities, they are doing that day.
Daily Picture Schedule – developing routines through pictures is a great way of adding structure, to someone’s life.
Play/Activity Folder – Wonderful resource for supporting someone to have a say in what activity they want to do. Giving a person choice and control.