Info on ADHD

Welcome to the Untapped Brilliance Blog! I am Jacqueline Sinfield the ADHD coach for Adults. On this blog you will find tons of info on ADHD. One the most common sentence I hear from clients is ‘I have so much potential but I just can’t seem to reach it’.  I wrote the ADHD book Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD to answer that very question. Untapped Brilliance outlines simple yet highly effective, alternative ways to minimize your unwanted ADHD symptoms so that your wonderful gifts can shine brightly. When that happens, not only are you able to reach your potential, but your life also becomes way less stressful and lots more fun.

The articles here on the blog are all a reflection of my ADHD Coaching philosophy. I am really excited to share with you loads of info on ADHD, and proven strategies that are super effective in minimizing your negative aspects of ADHD so that your magnificent gifts can shine brightly and you too can reach your potential!

Don’t forget to leave questions or comments as I love hearing from you

Why Rest Days are Vital When You Have ADHD

11 20Why Rest Days are Vital When You Have ADHDWhen you have ADHD, it’s very important to schedule regular recharge days. These are days where you don’t have to do anything except relax.  No commitments; no schedule.  If you are thinking, ‘But I don’t have time for that!’, I guarantee you do. Because if you don’t consciously schedule these types of days, then your body will make sure you get the rest you need anyway. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Unable to move from the TV for 8 hours
  • Hours of mindless surfing on the internet when you sit down to work
  • Regularly getting sick with a cold or flu bug and having to rest for a few days
  • Unable to tear yourself away from a computer game, puzzle book or novel for hours

The problem with these is that there is a huge amount of guilt and shame attached to them. You planned to be productive and then your body sabotaged you and you ‘wasted’ a day. As someone with ADHD, you already have enough guilt and shame in your life; we don’t want to add more!

It’s impossible to push ourselves to the max every day. Our bodies and brains need to unwind. When you schedule recharge days, you are giving yourself permission to relax and have fun. Plus, knowing you have a day to yourself actually makes you more productive in your regular days.

What do you do on your recharge day? Anything that you want! You can watch 8 hours of TV if you want, but it feels so much better when there is no guilt attached. The only rules are no commitments, no “should”, and definitely no to-do lists. Wake up without an alarm and do what you feel like in the moment. See a movie, garden, crafts, read, do puzzles, surf the internet, cook, bake, sleep, take an exercise class, stay in your pj’s; whatever is relaxing and fun for you.

In order to have a recharge day, you might need to reschedule things a little. For example, do all your errands on the Saturday so your Sunday is free. If you live with other people, spouse, or children, then include them too. How many down days can you have? Lots! One per week would be ideal, but at the very least, once a month.

If a whole day seems like a lot at first, either it’s because you seem so busy, or you are prone to feeling blue when you have nothing planned, try half a day to begin with. Then, you can progress to a whole day.

If you are an extrovert and love being with people, remember you aren’t in solitary confinement! You can still be with people, but the idea is not to feel rushed and pressured to be ‘on’.

Some of the benefits of having regular recharge days include feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, ready to start the week, feeling less stressed, less need of sick days; being happier, less frantic and more fulfilled.

Ready to try it? Go look at your calendar now and pick a day.

Let me know when your next recharge day is in the comment section below.

 

 

 

Do Your Emotions Get In The Way Of You Doing Things?

Do Your Emotions Get In The Way Of You Doing Things?

Are you constantly second guessing yourself? Do you question your ability to do a task even though other people know you are capable of it? This happens to so many people with ADHD. It results in procrastination, feelings of resistance and ambiguity, … [Continue reading]

Does Your Boss Make Your ADHD Worse?

Does Your Boss Make Your ADHD Worse?

Bosses have a huge impact on ADHD adults’ ability to succeed in the work place. It all hinges on their personality and leadership style. Have you noticed when you spend time with certain people, you feel smart, on the ball and performing at your … [Continue reading]

How to Get Going On a New Task When You Have ADHD

How to Get Going On a New Task When You Have ADHD

In this video, I answer a great question from a blog reader. “It seems to take me forever to get going on new activities; especially when I start my day or at the office. Can you help?” This is a very common problem and it's pretty easy to … [Continue reading]

How to Stop Worrying When You Have ADHD

How to Stop Worrying When You Have ADHD

Worry and ADHD go hand in hand. Your creative busy mind thinks of all sorts of things to worry about. However, there are things you can do to empower yourself and stop worrying. In this video, I share my 3 best … [Continue reading]

Top Ten Best ADHD Blog Award

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Guess what? The Untapped Brilliance blog just won an award! It’s one of the Top Ten Best ADHD blogs! Isn’t that awesome? I was so happy, excited and incredibly honored when I found out. Psych Central is an incredibly site for all things related … [Continue reading]

Why it’s Hard to Stop Multi-tasking!

Why it’s Hard to Stop Multi-tasking!

This summer, I wrote an article called, ‘ADHD and Single Tasking’; all about why single tasking is the new multi-tasking. You can check it out here. If you are still multi-tasking, don’t feel bad. Today’s article explains why multi-tasking is … [Continue reading]

8 Reasons Why Adults with ADHD Feel Stupid

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I hate the word 'stupid' but I put it in the title because that is how many people with ADHD describe themselves. The ADHDers I have meet (which are a LOT at this point), are bright, intelligent, sharp, smart, wise, good company and wickedly … [Continue reading]

How to Prioritize Self-Care When You Have ADHD

How to Prioritize Self-Care When You Have ADHD

Self-Care is all about knowing what your needs are, then making sure those needs are met. It's care for you, by you. A lot of adults with ADHD are good at looking after other people, but not so good at treating themselves with the same care. However, … [Continue reading]

7 Ways to Be Social When You Have ADHD

7 Ways to Be Social When You Have ADHD

Maintaining friendships can be a big challenge when you have ADHD. You can have social phases, where your friends hear from you in copious amounts. During these times, you feel inspired to call, text to make plans, email them nuggets of information … [Continue reading]