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Single-Tasking and ADHD

Single-Tasking is the new Multi-tasking!!!

Even though we know that multi-tasking isn’t good; it isn’t productive, doesn’t make us feel accomplished and even makes our IQ go down, we still do it! .

Multi-tasking is doing 2 or more things at the same time (such as talking on the phone while grocery shopping) or moving to and from tasks quickly. For example, writing a report, checking emails and doing your online banking. Multi-tasking is performed by the executive functions of the brain.

Researchers found there are 2 steps involved:
1) Goal shifting (choosing one item)

2) Role Activation (switching between the rules from one task to another)
Every time we switch tasks, we lose time. Some researchers believe we are 40% less productive when we multi-task.

Now, of course, there are some situations where we don’t get a choice. A mum looking after her children or staff in the ER room need to multi-task to keep everyone safe and responding to the needs of multiple people.

However, many of us don’t have to multi-task, but still create an environment where we do.

As an ADDer, you might multi-task because:

1) You are scared to forget to do something. You act on the thought right away, regardless of what you are working on when it popped into your mind.

2) You have a low threshold for boredom, so you don’t just talk to a friend on the phone; you are also playing a computer game.

3) You crave excitement; so by flitting from one thing to the next quickly, your adrenaline is pumping and life seems more exciting.

I love this video about multi-tasking and single-tasking and think you will too!

Pay particular attention to:

1) The description of going on tangents on the internet…(perfect portrayal!)
2) The analogy of having multiple tabs opened on the computer at once and darting. I don’t know one person with ADHD who has less than 10 tabs open at once.

Are you inspired now to try single-tasking?
Will you try “Tabless Thursday”?

What If I Have ADHD and a Fish Allergy?

Taking an Omega 3 supplement is a foundational part to treating your ADHD. However, if you are allergic to fish or a vegetarian, don't rule this vital step out.Taking an Omega 3 supplement is a foundational part to treating your ADHD. However, if you are allergic to fish or a vegetarian, don’t rule this vital step out.

The answer isn’t to eat more flaxseeds!

There are 3 types of Omega 3 fatty acids

  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
  • Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
  • Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

ALA, is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid and so, people who can’t eat fish usually think it’s the best option for them. ALA is found in flaxseeds (and related products) hemp seeds, walnuts, chia seeds and soy products. However, while ALA does have some health benefits, it is no match for the super powers that DHA and EPA provide for your ADHD brain. They positively affect your attention, learning, memory, anxiety and depression.

ALA is converted to EPA, which in turn, is converted to DHA; which is why some flaxseed supplement companies promote their products as an alternative to fish oil. However, our bodies aren’t very good at doing this conversion. Women can turn about 10% of ALA into DHA; it’s less for men. This doesn’t provide our bodies with enough DHA.

The answer is to start taking a DHA supplement made of algae. They are easy to find at your local health food store or pharmacy.  The microscopic algae is (usually) grown in fish-free tanks.  However, check the labels carefully.

The connection between fish and DHA is that fish eat the microscopic algae. When humans eat the fish, they get the benefits of the algae. However, you can go straight to the source and just get the goodness of the algae.

Action!

This week head to your local health food store or pharmacy and pick up a DHA supplement made of algae