Being a caregiver of an autistic child means spending long periods of time inside your home. Although most of that time will be spent providing care, it’s important to squeeze in a few moments for yourself to unwind. Luckily there are many ways to get the creative juices flowing.
Adult coloring books. Coloring is not just for kids! Adult coloring books are marketed as anxiety reducing and meditative in design. With so many to choose from, there’s sure to be one that calls out to you and says, pick me! Grab your color pencils, gel pens, sharpie markers and crayons; it’s time for coloring! Intricate patterns guide you through mandalas, flowers and dreamy landscapes.
Journals and planners. In addition to helping you keep track of all the appointments for the child in your care, journals and planners are also a great way to write down daily successes and struggles and to track your own fitness and health. Stroll through your local craft store or shop online for journals, planners, washi tape, planner stickers, and beautiful pens to write with. Then turn to paper and pen to write down your feelings. Chances are, you’ll feel better.
Erin Condren Planners can be purchased also at Staples
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Yarn crafts. Who knew that yarn could be a great de-stresser? There is something so calming in the repetitious movements creating beautiful blankets, scarves, hats and purses. A word of warning, do be prepared for some frustrations when first learning.
Home decorating. Adding peace and serenity to your home can create peace and serenity while you’re in it. Craft stores are a great source for picture frames, silk flower arrangements, wall décor and seasonal items. Online websites like Wayfair allow shopping from home with fast delivery. Other websites that ship to home are Lowes and Home Depot. We have saved a lot of time and money shopping online for window treatments to help keep the house softly lit for our sensory sensitive son.
Cooking new food. Preparing the same meals over and over can be dull. There are lots of great tips and recipes to be found online such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook recipe groups, and cooking channel websites. Using kitchen appliances like slow cookers can be an easy way to get your creative juices flowing into tomato sauces, pasta dishes.
With so many ways to be creative, there’s sure to be one that inspires you. Have you tried any on the list? Which ones do you like best and what would you like to add to the list? Please leave me a comment below.