The World Is In Crisis

The Earth engulfed in shadow.
It's so easy to become paralyzed by anxiety around thoughts of all the things wrong in the world. Here's my method of getting free enough to do something to make the world a little bit better.

TW: references to the current war in the Middle East. Skip the first section if you don’t want that.

It’s horrifying

Like many of you, I feel the horror of all that is happening in the Middle East.

I want to help, but I don’t know how to influence the Israeli government or Hamas or have any connections to organizations on the ground.

It feels like I don’t have anything useful to contribute to this crisis.

It’s so easy to get stuck in the painful thought: there’s nothing that little me, all the way over here on the other side of the world, can do to make a difference.

Or this one: what right do I have to fret about first world problems in my life when people are dying for no other crime than existing in their homes?

Or these: it’s hopeless. The world is shit. It’ll never get better. There’s no point to anything.

But these thoughts were engineered by a system (i.e., scared people with power) that wants to keep you down so it doesn’t have to face the uncertainty of changing.

When you get yourself free of those and other painful thoughts, you can do things that DO make a difference.

When you get yourself free of those and other painful thoughts, you can do things that DO make a difference.

No, none of us are going to solve every problem in the world. But when lots of us are working for sanity and healing in the small ways that seem so insignificant in the face of these immensities, but that matter so much, it does make a difference.

But doing those things, either to help the world or your own life, is so much easier, and works better, (and sometimes only happens), when you’ve first identified and worked through at least some of the painful thoughts that are paralyzing you.

Anti-anxiety course

(End of TW content.)

This skill set is exactly what I’ll be teaching in my anti-anxiety course in a couple weeks.

Because whether you’re wanting to affect what’s going on around the world, in your neighborhood, or just get to the grocery store without a panic attack, these tools work.

I’ll be presenting the ones that I’ve consistently found work best for Autistic and AuDHD brains and nervous systems, and doing so through an Autistic lens.

(Have you noticed that there’s a difference between mental health from an Autistic and an NT perspective? Oh, my goodness, there is!)

So, for barely more than the price of a single 1:1 session with me, you’ll get:

  • Three weeks of focused work on identifying and dismantling the thoughts that are trapping you.
  • Plus a half dozen or more specific tools to face anxiety in the moment.

The format will be very familiar if you’ve attended my free workshops before, but with built in time for Q&A. (With the lovely bonus that I’ve taught this a dozen times already and have worked out the timing, so I won’t info dump for too long. Haha.)

I’m also including several things people have been asking for from my free workshops:

  • Recordings, transcripts, and the chat log of every meeting.
  • PDFs of the slides for viewing or download.
  • Online discussion space with the other course attendees (if that’s your thing; completely okay if it’s not).
  • Printable handouts with a quick recap of each tool for easy reference.
  • Worksheets to guide you through the entire framework of detangling and diffusing your own painful thoughts. Both online and printable versions.

The course starts in just under two weeks, on November 1st. Learn more and sign up here:

Anti-Anxiety Practices for Autistics

If you’re thinking of someday working with me 1:1, this is a great foundation for the work we could do together, in which we’ll tailor these techniques for your unique situation.

If you’re not planning on ever working with me 1:1, this will give you a baseline skillset that you can practice and refine on your own.

And if you’re a current or previous coaching client, this will likely add to the skill set we’ve already built together (feel free to email me if you want to check on whether we’ve covered this stuff or not).

If you use even one or two of these techniques, even intermittently, it can make a big difference over time in your life, motivation, and ability to make positive changes in your life and the world.

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, or check the price or timing, etc, you can find all of that here:

Anti-Anxiety Practices for Autistics

And if the timing of the live meetings doesn’t work out, or you’d prefer an asynchronous experience, all of it will be recorded for your later viewing pleasure.

P.S. I’m still doing art! Not every day, but that doesn’t mean I’m not following through. 😉 Here’s evidence:

Painting of a soft blue sky with an utility pole in the foreground.

Painting of fluffy purple clouds rested upon an orangey-pink sunset.

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Heather Cook

Heather Cook

Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an Autistic writer, advocate, and life coach, and I'm building a life I love. I help other Autistics to build their own autism-positive life. I love reading, jigsaw puzzles, just about every -ology, and Star Trek!

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