Navigating Sick Days and Dealing with Trauma as Neurodivergent

January 3, 2024

A Guide to Self-Compassion for Individuals with Various Neurodivergent Conditions in the New Year 2024


As we usher in a new year, 2024, it’s an opportune time for individuals with diverse neurodivergent conditions to explore strategies for self-compassion while navigating sick days and trauma. Beyond ADHD and dyslexia, this blog expands its focus to encompass various neurodivergent conditions, offering insights into individuals’ unique challenges within the neurodiverse community.

Acknowledge and Validate Your Feelings:

For those with neurodivergent conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, and more, the emotional landscape during sick days and trauma can be intricate. It’s crucial to acknowledge and validate these feelings without judgment. Recognise that frustration or guilt are normal responses, emphasising the priority of one’s well-being.

Prioritise Self-Care:

Considering the diverse sensory and cognitive needs associated with various neurodivergent conditions, self-care assumes paramount importance during sick days or times of trauma. Engaging in activities that cater to individual sensory preferences or interests, such as mindfulness or nature walks, becomes vital. Understanding that self-care is necessary, not a luxury, remains foundational to navigating neurodiverse challenges.

Communicate Your Needs:

Individuals with neurodivergent conditions, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others, may find that open communication about their needs is crucial during sick days and trauma. Whether with family, friends, or colleagues, expressing requirements for understanding or accommodations fosters empowerment. Honest communication alleviates guilt and builds a supportive environment that acknowledges and accommodates diverse neurodivergent experiences.

Seek Professional Support:

The intersection of neurodivergent conditions with the stress of sick days or trauma may necessitate professional guidance. Seeking a therapist or counsellor well-versed in neurodiversity becomes invaluable. Professional support offers tailored strategies to cope with trauma and navigate the emotional challenges associated with various neurodivergent conditions. Remember, seeking help is a courageous step towards overall well-being.

Practice Self-Compassion:

Self-compassion remains a cornerstone for individuals with diverse neurodivergent conditions navigating sick days and trauma. Understand that setbacks are part of the journey and that taking the time needed for self-care is okay. Treat yourself with kindness and acknowledge the effort put forth in challenging circumstances. Embrace self-compassion as a guiding principle within the unique framework of your neurodivergent journey.


In the journey of navigating sick days and dealing with trauma, individuals with diverse neurodivergent conditions can find resilience and understanding by acknowledging emotions, prioritising self-care, communicating needs, seeking professional support, and practising self-compassion. Remember, you are not alone; reaching out for help is a sign of strength. As you enter the new year, embrace the opportunity for self-discovery and growth within the diverse tapestry of neurodiversity.

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