10 Reasons Why Pets Help ADHD.

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Photo by Reanna Evoy.

Pets can have very positive effects on your ADHD symptoms. Author of the bestselling “10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD” Stephanie Moulton Sarkis has Dalmatian dogs and says

Pets, in studies, have been found to lower blood pressure and improve overall quality of life.  Dogs especially help get people exercising – and exercising has been found to be an effective non-medication treatment for ADHD

I asked Untapped Brilliance blog readers to tell me how their pets affect their daily lives.  Most people had either cats or dogs. However, rabbits, guinea pigs and fish were also popular. [Read more…]

ADHD and Mail!

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When you are living with ADHD, it can be hard to know what is normal for you and what is ADHD related.

Mail is a good example.

If you have piles of unopened mail, you might feel embarrassed or get frustrated with yourself. Yet when you know it’s a common ADHD ‘thing,’ it feels better.

Your piles of mail are still there.

But now you know it’s not personal. There is a reason why this is hard and knowing that gives you permission to find practical solutions.

Having piles of mail can cause 2 types of problems.

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12 ADHD Friendly Suggestions to Master Email

Emails are a great way to keep in touch and communicate with people all over the world. Yet, at times the influx of messages can feel distracting, overwhelming and as if email is taking over your whole life!

1) Don’t Check Email All Day

Nothing sabotages productivity more than having your inbox open all day. You find yourself checking it when you are bored, during telephone calls or when you should be starting a deep concentration task.
Instead, have set times of the day where you check your email. For example, you could check it at 9.am, 1pm and 4pm.

Some ADHDers are resistant to this structured email checking idea. They argue that due to the nature of their job, closing their inbox would be impossible. In reality there aren’t many jobs where an open inbox is a requirement. [Read more…]

Why Journal Writing is Helpful If You Have ADHD

Do You Keep a Journal?

They are great places to record your thoughts, feelings and insights about your daily life.  Journaling isn’t just for teenage girls and aspiring writers. It helps with physical and mental health, emotional upheaval,  productivity, and happiness.

Why Journal Writing is Helpful When You Have ADHD

If you are living with ADHD, it is easy to dismiss the idea of writing in a journal. At first glance, it seems to involve all the things that are hard for you like sitting, writing, focusing and daily discipline.

However, writing in a journal allows you to press the pause button on your life. When you take time out from being busy and spend time alone with just your thoughts and journal, you can actively reflect on the events of the day.

As a result you will …
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The ADHD Moving Checklist

A newsletter reader asked if I had any advice for the

‘overwhelming hassle of moving’

Moving homes is recognized as one of life’s most stressful events. When you have ADHD that stress can be amplified because it involves planning, decision making, multi-step processes, phone calls as well as boring tasks like packing a box!

It also creates a disruption in your regular routine, which can make your ADHD symptoms feel worse.

Here is an ADHD Friendly Checklist to help with your move. The aim is to make your move as painless as possible. You can add or delete items to personalize the list for your needs. [Read more…]

The ADHD Traveler’s Checklist

I got a great question this week,

“Do you have any helpful info to help the ADD person plan and PACK for a trip? It’s hellish for me.”

Actually, I do!!

Many ADHDers have a love/hate relationship with travel and the holidays. Some love the adventure and novelty; others hate the disruption to their daily routine.

Even ADHDers who love going on trips can find the planning and preparation involved challenging. In order to have an enjoyable, stress free trip with minimal unexpected surprises, some planning and attention to details are helpful.  Since both of those can be tricky when you are living with ADHD, I created a list to help you! [Read more…]

Can you have ADD and ADHD?

Can you have ADD and ADHD?

 

Great question! The answer is yes…and  no.

Let’s start with,

‘No it’s not possible to have both ADD and ADHD.’

If someone told you,  ‘I have Chickenpox and Chickenpox,’ it would sound strange because they are telling you something twice.

The same is true if you say,  ‘I have ADD and ADHD’ because they are two names for the same condition. [Read more…]

How is Adult ADD Different from Adult ADHD?

This article answers a blog reader’s question:

I have adult ADD. How does that differ from adult ADHD?

It’s a great question and one that lots of people are curious or confused about.

To answer it fully, we need to break it down into 3 sub questions.

  1. What difference is there in the terms ADD and ADHD?
  2. What is the difference between Inattentive ADHD and Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD?
  3. What is the difference between childhood and adult ADHD?

Let’s start with the ADD/ ADHD question first.

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How to Design Your ADHD Friendly Summer

Do you plan your summer? Or does it just unfold? In her Happier podcast, Gretch Rubin talks about designing your summer. She believes in making the summer months distinct so that they stand out from rest of the year. When you embrace the summer months and take advantage of what they offer, you create memories to carry with you when the weather turns cold and grey.

Gretchen makes a great point that summer doesn’t have to be about going into relaxation mode. It is really about creating a change from your regular day to day life to make sure summer is special.

This is good news for someone living with ADHD as the idea of unstructured ‘relaxing’ time can feel like a form of torture (this is why weekends can leave you feeling blah).
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