2. Energy Banking
Energy banking is a simple way to find out what you spend the most time on. If you spend too much time on energy-costing activities, this can lead to depression. When you are depressed, it is often the energy-giving activities that are the first to be skipped. To become more aware of this and to deal with it, you can start energy banking. You keep a list with two columns with activities that give you energy and which costs you energy. After you’ve made a list with these activities then you can look at your weekly activities in your agenda. Do you spend all your time solely on energy-costing activities? Then consciously make a change in your activities and also plan your energizing activities in your agenda.
Stimming is fiddling with your hands, legs, a toy or other object to calm yourself. Although no scientific research has been done (as far as I know) into the effects of stim behavior, it is clear that autistics worldwide are doing it and that it helps them to better regulate their emotions. It can reduce stress, prevent a meltdown in anxious situations and distract negative thoughts.