In the mindfulness space, we have a saying that the"brain's job is not to make us happy, its job is to keep us alive".
That means we're in charge of not only letting the brain know that we're safe (by keeping our nervous systems regulated), but we're also in charge of cultivating our own sources of happiness!
Happiness is not some elusive emotion that occasionally visits when something is going the way we expected - happiness is available to us at all times - it might just look different than what we are expecting!
Here are 25 ways to cultivate happiness with a neurodivergent brain:
Access to a sensory-friendly spaces where you can be yourself without feeling overwhelmed or judged.
A support network of people who understand and accept you for who you are.
Access to therapy or counseling that is tailored to your needs and preferences.
Time to indulge in your special interests and hobbies without feeling guilty or judged.
Opportunities to connect with others who share your interests and passions.
A comfortable and safe home environment that meets your sensory needs and preferences.
Access to assistive technologies or devices that make daily tasks easier and more manageable.
Opportunities to learn and grow through online courses, workshops, and mentorship programs.
A stable and supportive work environment that accommodates your neurodivergent needs.
Time to decompress and recharge without feeling guilty or overwhelmed.
Access to alternative therapies, such as art or music therapy, that help you express yourself and cope with stress.
Opportunities to volunteer or give back to your community in meaningful ways.
Access to supplements, medication or other treatments that help manage any related mental health conditions.
Support and resources for dealing with executive dysfunction, such as organization or time-management tools.
Opportunities to travel and explore new places that are accessible and sensory-friendly.
Access to peer support groups or online communities where you can connect with others who understand your experiences.
Opportunities to participate in activism and advocacy efforts for neurodiversity and disability rights.
Time to relax and unwind with your favorite movies, TV shows, or books.
Access to assistive communication devices or services that help you communicate more effectively.
Opportunities to express yourself creatively through art, writing, or other forms of self-expression.
A supportive and understanding family or partner who values and accepts you for who you are.
Opportunities to participate in physical activities that are enjoyable and safe, such as hiking or yoga.
Access to accommodations and modifications in academic or educational settings that help you learn and succeed.
A sense of purpose and meaning in your life, through work, hobbies, relationships, or other pursuits.
Opportunities to connect with nature and the natural world, whether through gardening, hiking, or other outdoor activities.