Shopping can be wonderful, especially if you’re meeting up with your friends, having a look round at things you’ll never be able to afford and then go sit with a coffee and have a good old fashioned catch up and gossip.
The problems can start when you need to go shopping on your own and when you have anxiety.
From my own personal experience I’ve found that I have days when I can cope on my own pretty well, I’ve been able to go eat on my own and even go for a wander and a window-shop.
Other days I have to be in and out as quickly as possible, I have constant intrusive thoughts about how everyone is looking and laughing at me because I’m ugly or have something on my face.
Unfortunately I can’t tell if I’m going to have a good day or a bad day until I’m actually there which is really annoying, so I’ve found that the best thing to do is plan for a bad day and then if I have a good one, its a nice surprise!
The main problem I have with shopping centres is that they’re so overstimulating, especially in larger ones: too many people, too much noise and in the case of Meadowhall, way too hot! I know that part of this is my Aspergers but speaking to other anxiety fighters, it sounds like loads of people struggle with this so I thought i’d cover it in this weeks post.
These are some tips that I’ve picked up over the years from personal experience and also from taking to other people. If I’ve missed any then please feel free to add them in the comments- I want this post to be as helpful as possible.
So there you go, again if you have any other tips I’ve missed out then drop me a comment!
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.