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ADHD and Anxiety: A Simple Strategy

If you have ADHD, then there is a high chance that you have Anxiety too. Fifty percent of ADHD adults also have an anxiety disorder, whether it’s Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social phobia or specific phobias, e.g., fear of flying or fear.

While a small amount of anxiousness can help keep you safe and out of danger, the type of anxiety that many ADHDers experience is debilitating. It stops you from living your life fully and can result in some problematic situations. For example, if you are too anxious to take action on an important task, like a work project, a student assignment or taxes there are negative consequences.

In previous articles, I have outlined healthy ways to reduce anxiety. However, those ideas take a little time to start to see results. Today I wanted to share something that will help you in the moment when you are feeling anxious.

It’s a 5 minute video that walks you through an EFT tapping exercise to reduce anxiety.

ADHD and Anxiety: A Simple Strategy VIDEO

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EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique releases emotional blocks that stand between you and good health. It is a type of psychological acupressure that uses the same energy meridians as acupuncture. If you are a little bit skeptical, I totally understand. I am a nurse and like many people who are use to traditional western medicine ‘energy meridians’ do sound strange at first. However, just because something sounds strange to us, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work!

The combination of tapping and a positive voice; helps clear your anxiety and allows you to continue your day.

Your actions for this week are to try the tapping exercise at least once! If you experience a lot of anxiety, try the tapping every day in the morning. Plus at times during the day when you feel anxious.You will notice a big difference. Happy Tapping 🙂

 

Have you ever tried tapping? leave a note in the comments section and let me know!

Getting Things Done When you have ADHD

Getting Things Done When you have ADHDDo you have a ton of important things to do, but never have enough time to get them done? When you have ADHD your list of ‘to dos’ can seem never ending, decision making, procrastination, fear, overwhelm and anxiety are all common when you have ADHD and they can stop you from taking action and doing day to day tasks. Like booking a dental appointment, taxes, laundry, meal planning, taking down holiday decorations etc., this results in you feeling like you are drowning in tasks, and it effects your confidence and energy levels.

There is a great way to gain control over your life and these items. It isn’t original and you will properly feel resistance to it at first. However, bear with me, because it really works. It’s scheduling. You write in your agenda when you are going to do a particular task e.g. 4 p.m. phone dentist’s office. Then when it’s 4 p.m. on Monday you make the call.

Adults with ADD usually hate this idea and give me all sorts of reasons why it won’t work for them. For example, “just because I have written it down doesn’t mean I will actually do it” or “I might not feel like doing the task at the time I wrote down”. However, after 2 or 3 weeks of scheduling tasks they never want to go back. It feels so good knowing that you can count on yourself and that everything will get done.

Here are 5 Scheduling tips:

1) If you aren’t sure how long something takes, time yourself doing it 3 times and then you will have an average time that will help you plan in the future.

2) When you start scheduling tasks, you might find you don’t feel like doing it at the time you planned. Do it anyway. After a few weeks that feeling will go. That feeling will be replaced with one that is more like excitement, because you know when you have finished the task you will feel accomplished/relieved/proud etc.

3) Write appointments with yourself in a different color than appointments you make with other people. It makes reading your agenda easier.

4) Start with just one appointment with yourself a day and then gradually add more. If you go from zero a packed schedule you will feel overwhelmed or restricted and not want to continue.

5) If you have a task you are dreading, schedule it first thing in the morning. When you get it done early you don’t have to spend the whole day worrying about it. Plus you get to enjoy the accomplished feeling all day.