Learning Disabilities and Autism Support
If you have a learning disability and / or autism, you may be finding the COVID-19 outbreak stressful. You may be worried about changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more. You may also be worried about your family or those close to you.
Below are some ways to look after your wellbeing. You can also visit the 5 ways to wellbeing page for further wellbeing tips.
If you have autism you may be finding the Coronavirus outbreak stressful and may be worried about getting the virus or changes that might happen because of it, including staying at home more.
There are ways you can take care of yourself:
- Think about how you can adjust your routines to staying at home and keep doing the things you would usually do to keep well. That might include eating food you enjoy, finding ways to keep doing your hobbies and interests online and getting exercise, once a day in your home or outside if you can.
- You know what strategies have helped you in difficult situations in the past, so use them again now.
- If you have support from others, plan with them how you can remain well and relaxed.
Manage your emotions and keep control
There are also other things you can do to help to manage your emotions if you feel you are losing control, such as:
- Keeping a diary.
- Learning relaxation techniques.
- Creating a plan with your carer for when you feeling anxious.
Hearing about Coronavirus, and the changes it causes in your daily life, might make you feel like you don’t have control, or make you worried or scared about your health. These feelings are common. Try to speak to someone you trust such as a friend, family member or supporter.
If you are still feeling worried and want more help. You can call the National Autistic Society Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104.