It may not be a thing of the past, but a few things are still in flux.
The first is that, for some people, out-living-out-ofbody experiences are a thing.
And for others, they are the norm.
For people with a sense of humour, the out-life is one of the most important parts of a person’s day.
But for people with autism spectrum disorders, a sense that they are not alone in their world can be debilitating.
“Out-of‐body experiences can be really isolating,” Dr Lee said.
“[And] I think a lot of people are really anxious about not being able to go out and experience something new, whether it’s their favourite spot, whether they can have a conversation with someone or something, whether that’s going to happen.
It can be very isolating.”
If you are one of these people, you can try to be aware of what’s going on around you, and be prepared to make adjustments in your life to avoid the out–of-breath feeling.
Dr Lee said out-breathing is not a bad thing, but she advises people to be prepared for it if they do have it.
People with a sensitivity to light and sound are particularly vulnerable to out-bursts of sound.
So if you have difficulty hearing when out-doing yourself, take a few minutes to take deep breaths.
Also, if you are experiencing an out–breath while walking, take it in a more gradual fashion.
After you breathe, move away from your destination.
This might involve a bit of a jog or something you’re doing in the dark.
Then try to get a bit more light.
Once you’re comfortable in your environment, move on to a quieter time.
You can also try using your eyes to get your mind off things, or taking time to breathe deeply.
If it takes too long, just go outside.
When you’re outside, use your hands to take in your surroundings.
Be sure to leave your smartphone and wallet on the ground.
Make sure you’re using your hands correctly.
There are many ways to prepare yourself, including getting a mask and using a pillow.
Finally, if the out‐breath is too intense, take some time to calm down.
Try to think about what’s happening to you, what your body is feeling, and how you can ease into the out experience.
Get help to calm yourself downDr Lee is a licensed psychologist and has worked with thousands of people with autistic spectrum conditions, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and more.
She is a trained psychologist with over 15 years experience.