You've got a friend in me: supporting yourself and others

How I cope with lockdown as a limited social butterfly I am someone who doesn’t need to be regularly socialising with other people and I often find it exhausting to be around others for extended periods of time. I’m not a recluse that hates people entirely - I am just not someone who needs to talk to people every single day of the week. As someone who has had a positive screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder and is waiting to be fully tested (very likely on the spectrum), I find socialising stressful. I do like to socialise with people but it’s hard work to fully understand what’s happening and not get annoyed by things most people can ignore. So sometimes, I just need a break and most of the time I would rather be by myself. When I do attend social gatherings and meet friends, I enjoy it, but I am not a constant social butterfly. I need time to myself to relax. Not everyone needs to socialise all the time and it’s okay to take a break and have some time to yourself to; reflect or just switch off from thinking for a while. So, the current situation is completely unexpected and so extreme I could have only ever imagined it in a film. I made the decision whilst my London university was moving to online teaching to move back to my parent’s home. I have been back for a few weeks now and the adjustment period has been hard. It’s been a large adjustment to my way of living. Especially not being able to leave the small village where I live. There is comfort in the isolation as I am able to take a lot more time to myself to reflect where I was unable to before. The quiet is something I really appreciate. It allows me to think clearly and have deep uninterrupted sleep. I also have access to a garden and a room with a desk. It has really made me appreciate the things I have as I haven’t had access to this for nearly a year.

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