Many people with ADHD live in a constant state of stress. Their neurobiology makes it difficult to screen out competing stimuli, focus, and slow down, all of which increase frustration levels. Being unable to measure up to people’s expectations or feeling guilty about missing deadlines at work creates additional tension.
1. Acknowledge ADHD is neurobiological and won’t go away. In other words, accept it and move on.
2. Exercise raises your threshold for stress. So, if you can’t eliminate the source of stress, exercise for 30 minutes. YUK!!!
3. Measure time by setting your watch to beep every hour. Now, where’s my watch?!
4. Create boundaries because overbooking raises stress. Better yet, just say yes to what you think is fun to do. Then it’s not stressful.
5. Make structure you friend, even if you’re allergic to boring routines. It minimizes chaos and stabilizes body rhythms. YAWN!
6. Take time to play or you’ll set yourself up for burnout. Figure out what you love and pursue it without guilt! YES!
7. Remain vigilant so you won’t abandon your strategies that work. Forgetting you have ADHD will knock you on your ass because the reminder that it’s STILL THERE is always a great big surprise:)
And my own big tip:
Just HAVE FUN!