|Posted by Admin on July 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM|
After watching my video on YouTube on how to deal with my meltdowns, some new questions came up from a few people on Facebook. Here are the questions and my answers to them:
Are you able to move yourself away from a meltdown - do you know when they are coming on and you need some space?
I can't ALWAYS tell when I'm about to have a meltdown, but usually it's when I start to feel panic.
Do you work and, if so, do you have a place that you can go at your workplace where you can "chill" if needed?
I do work, but only part-time. I don't really have anywhere I can "chill" at work, but I try to do activities that are more calming instead. If worse comes to worse, I will go into the bathroom for a few minutes.
What is the process that you go through to calm yourself and do others help you to do this?
I just need time and space. When I get that, I can let everything go through my mind and get rid of all of the negative thoughts and emotions. I will stim, I will cry, I may start to hyperventilate, but I usually try to do some breathing techniques. (Breathe for 2 seconds in through the nose SLOWLY, and out for 4 seconds through my mouth SLOWLY) Nobody usually helps me through meltdowns, other than my parents when they are around. If it's a full blown meltdown (and sometimes, they just can't be prevented), my parents will give me time and space until I calm down enough for them to re-assure me that everything will be okay. They talk in a very soft, calm voice when they do that. They also help re-direct me towards something that I may find comforting. Such as watching my favorite show, swinging on the swing, etc. Anything that never fails to make me happy, they will suggest.