I would like to know what energy accounting is and how to do it myself.
I get burnt out and only figure out why in hindsight.
can someone from NAS help me do this as I never recognise what uses energy until after its happened and I struggle to make new diaries into an established routine or habit, as I already keep track of so much...
are there templates for I can use for energy accounting?
I also looked for the e-befriending service I was advised to check out by NAS at the autism show in Birmingham this year but couldn't find it...
look forward to your help soon,
There is some information about energy accounting at the link below
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Great question. This is what I'm currently working on although I haven't actually started yet.
I very recently realised that I have no idea how to balance my energy or time. I traced my resistance to getting washed and dressed, back to the fact that I actually have no idea how to manage my time or energy. I don't think I had ever thought about my energy levels in this way before. So, I am now working with a one to one specialist support worker from Autism Plus and we're ready to start working out a plan to help me get a better understanding of it all and strategies to help.
I would love to hear of any other resources or personal experiences as well though as this is all new to me.
One thing I have started to do is create a work balance of three weeks working each month then have the rest of that month off, and working for three months then having a month or so off. I'm also thinking about bringing in a daily long shower as a form of therapy, as I love the feel of the water, if I don't feel rushed. Followed by what's called in Ayurveda as abbyhanger (spelling is probably wrong) which is basically a self giving loving full body oil massage. These are just ideas at the moment but I thought that surely I would feel more relaxed in the day if I have these two therapies each day. I'll also be building in a daily walk, yoga, meditation and some other exercise. I'm kind of building my diary from the ground up and in baby steps. Working out, as I go, what's important or non negotiable and then working out ways of making them part of my daily routine or rather, building my days around them. Food is a key issue in all of this for me. I'm making loads of progress but it's largely in the awareness and processing stage although other things are slowly changing.
I think for me, what makes it easier, although rarely easy, is that I'm not prepared to compromise on my happiness and how I chose to live in this world and learning to balance the energy is going to be a process. It depends on your current situation as well and what you are prepared to give up in the pursuit of avoiding burnouts. I got to a stage where another major burnout is not an option for me so I had to take drastic action. I'll be following this thread for any tips or advice etc that anyone might have. Thanks for asking.
The link doesn't take me anywhere?
Link changed. See above.
Here’s a couple more links
I think the question of 'energy accounting' is really valuable and I've only recently read about it.
For years I thought that perhaps I wasn't trying hard enough in noisy or social situations as I tired quickly. It's reassuring to hear that the energetic cost of trying to fit into an NT world is recognised within the community and (I hope) it will become more widely known and talked about within professional circles.
For years I've retreated to my bedroom and cried following lots of social contact and/or being in a busy or noisy environment. I used to think this was depression, but noticed that after doing this for a while I would feel better so I now understand it as a pressure release valve that helps me to regulate.
My list of re-energisers and energy drainers are as follows. Hope they may help you to identify some of yours:
1:1 time with close friends
Listening to music (I love Spotify)
Pet cuddles (luckily I know a few dog owners)
Being in nature / appreciating beautiful scenery
Reading (usually special interests)
Receiving nurturing touch (massage)
5 rhythms / ecstatic dance
noisy + busy environments
Simultaneous loud conversations going on around me
Too many simultaneous demands
thats a great help for me starting my own lists and calculating how much I have left over each day- thanks very much :)
really powerful blog post on that second link
puts into words exactly what I want my friends and family to know, but when they haven't been understanding about my burn outs I am always at a loss for words and end up feeling inferior to non-autistics.
really feel vindicated by the post and shared it online ^^
Yeah, same here, it’s a great help to me and I’m going to use the list as my starter as well. Thank you Possibly Autistic