I think it was fall out from Lord of the Rings but I took up archery and really loved it. I even got to the point where my club encouraged me to become an instructor although I was really nervous about it and I have no idea why they allowed me to pass the course.
Had to give it up cause I found I had trouble concentrating. The key to archery is keeping your aim consistent and I was just letting loose all over the place.
But I thoroughly recommend archery. Its a lot of fun, shoots can be inside or outside (best one i went to was in a wood) and because its about concentration, there's not too much noise.
This is very positive. A lot of recent reading suggests to me that one of the ways to deal with co-morbidities such as anxiety and depression is to realise that both neurotypical and neurodiverse people enter a trance state at numerous times during any given day. And that state is similar to certain sleep phases and day-dreaming. Trance can entered many different activities; many of which would probably be considered quite mundane. This is considered to be a benevolent state, and does not usually indicate that the experiencer has in any way lost control of their ability to react to constantly changing circumstances. Almost everyone can achieve a trance state with music, but some of us have some slightly more unusual ways to achieve it; such as fascination with maps, crosswords and railways. I would suggest that this is why you enjoy the concentration of archery. And a fine thing too, since it is an activity in which both NT and ND can really have something in common. It also suggests that we could also gain great benefit from say darts and bowls.
A local doctor told me that he favoured meditation, but it strikes me that meditation and other work and leisure activities are very easy to integrate. I have successfully practiced meditation in the past, so this was not a huge surprise. There is such a thing as sweeping meditation, so who is to say that it isn't possible to benefit from say house-painting or more artistic renditions of brushwork.
I won't replay all the steps my reading went through, but these thoughts led on to thinking about hypnosis (don't be fooled by those who perform it just as a cheap trick to entertain), and (as I have no support at all here) why shouldn't I consider self-hypnosis as well. There is no reason at all why self-hypnosis cannot be consciously and sub-consciously incorporated into almost any life activity that has both mental and physical elements. This makes it easy to understand that this is something we have all done before numerous times, in what might be labelled our more successful and satisfying moments. And that helps us to realise that our lives are not all a negative experience, so we can begin to reduce the catastrophising.
I agree. Movement either shooting a bow to a target or running is a 3d puzzle. I have often felt most relaxed in solving 3d puzzles or running. And I loved a bit of archery.
I think 3d puzzles are a required state, especially for autistic people. Just like a requirement for the mind healing called REM sleep.
REM and flow states help us feel good. I think we can reach this state when we are focusing on three-dimensional problems. Like dance, singing, running, archery and building.
There have been studies that say that an autistic mind prefers order and is especially good at solving three-dimensional mechanical puzzles.
Also studies for dyslexia enabling the "outside and slightly elevated" view. ie looking at yourself as if you are standing behind yourself and standing looking over your shoulder. - Used to increase or decease dyslexia. And use this to solve 3d problems or be creative.
I have felt and slip into this state a few times. Also referred to as "flow". You might recognise this as being able to hit targets without effort. Fluke shots were you throw rubbish into a bin without looking or thinking about it.
Also recognised by others as a fluke.
Movement for health
Totally agree that it does really matter if you are walking or running. Painting the house or a watercolour. The matter is doing. We mustn't forget that children need this movement.
Rocking flipping tapping
Have you ever wondered why some autistics sway?
Lagrangian said:There have been studies that say that an autistic mind prefers order and is especially good at solving three-dimensional mechanical puzzles.
I'd say that many an autistic mind is often intent in slowing the World down to its preferred mental processing speed. Meltdowns are an indication that events are proceeding too fast at a neurotypical pace for neurodiverse comfort; which probably also indicates that the two have very different ideas about what amount of mental processing is adequate and satisfactory.
Archery provides fantastic feedback mechanisms. There's a very physical engagement, the bow is tactile, there's a clear sensation when you release and a hit makes just the right sound.
I only gave up archery because competitions require standing around all day in a group of people that want to talk and make noise.