Our second instalment in the #XmasAutisticLifeHacks series of tips for coping during the festive period is about getting rest when it all becomes a bit too much. Being the season for parties, the sheer number of social gatherings can be overwhelming.

To remedy that, Cheryl Ferris-Stewart from the Leeds LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project says that it’s okay to go somewhere quiet and have some time to yourself to recharge. Here is her tip:

“Remember that Christmas is meant to be a relaxing time. It’s okay to go somewhere quiet and relax.

“Do what you need to do to get your energy levels back up. Socialising can be incredibly hard for some of us! You can say no to invites – it’s okay.”

For more of our tips, please search for the #XmasAutisticLifeHacks hashtag on social media.