As I write this post, women with ADHD are the fastest growing population to be diagnosed. So if you are a woman who found out you have ADHD after high school, college, or even as a mom, you are not alone. It may not have happened until later because you probably were quiet and well behaved in school. You looked like you were paying attention. Your teachers had no idea that your mind was a million miles away and you struggled with keeping focused and staying on track. Continue reading “Women with ADHD – A Diagnosis in Adulthood” »
Experts recommend a holistic approach for living with ADD/ADHD. As well as learning as much as you can about ADHD and receiving support from peers and professionals, here are some do-able self-care strategies that can help you feel better and function at your best!
1. Realize that having to focus all day can be draining and find the time to rest and renew. This could mean playing a video game, taking a walk, reading a good book, or just lying on the couch and staring at the ceiling! The most important thing is to NOT feel guilty because taking the time to re-energize your body and mind is an essential component of functioning at your best.
2. Try to evaluate whether you are putting unrealistic demands and expectations on yourself. Continue reading “Natural Self-Care for ADD/ADHD” »
I think most of us would like to live our lives according to what we value most, but it’s not always easy. And it’s especially challenging when ADD is in the picture. Who has time to choose how we would like to live when we are in a constant race to catch up, stuck in a vortex of overwhelm, or buried under the weight of a thousand things to do. But life marches on, days turn into weeks, into months, into years, and then …. I don’t think any of us wants to look back on our lives and think it was all about a to-do list! Continue reading “Living Your Values with ADHD” »
One of the basic concepts of mindfulness is that there is more right with us than wrong with us. It is true! And so easy to forget. ADHD symptoms can make people feel on a daily basis that they are constantly running to catch up and probably never will. Or they can get caught up in chronic anxiety that they might have forgotten an important task or errand. They can think thoughts like, “What’s wrong with me?” or “I’m so stupid!” or “Why can’t I get it together?”
I invite you to pause for just a moment, take a few slow deep breaths, and relax. Now think back over the past few days. What did you experience that had less to do with getting things done and more to do with the deeper aspects of who you are? Were you kind, wise, funny, creative, communicative, appreciative, caring to yourself or others, or just enjoying this gift that is your life?
It is so common to judge ourselves, keep moving as fast as we can, feel stress, and overlook what is “right” with us and our lives. And this is especially true for people with AD/HD!