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 it’s Hard to Stop Multi-tasking!

10 16 14 283x300Why 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 compelling.

Daniel J. Levitin, a psychology professor at McGill University and author of the book, ‘The Organized Mind’, explains we can’t really multi-task because the brain can only do one thing at once. Rather than do 4 things at a time, the brain rapidly moves from one activity to the next.

However, every time we shift focus, we burn glucose, which is the food our neurons use. After a couple of hours of speedy shifting, we feel drained. In addition to using up our glucose store, cortisol (the stress hormone) has also been released, causing us to feel edgy and warping our self-perception.

This bit is key! When we are in this tired, edgy state, we think we are good at multi-tasking, but we aren’t; we just think we are. Levitin likens it to thinking we can drive safely after drinking a lot of alcohol.

When you have ADHD, multi-tasking can be part of your life for few reasons:

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, uni-tasking feels boring.
3) You crave stimulation; so by flitting from one thing to the next quickly, life seems more exciting.

However, with your new knowledge that no one is good at multi-tasking (even you), experiment with single-tasking. Switch off your phone, close down all the windows open on your computer and give one task all your attention. If it feels weird at first, sit through that feeling. If you remember something you need to do, jot it down on a notepad, so you don’t forget and bring your focus back to the task at hand. Not only will you feel calmer, more energized, you will also get a lot more done!

Are you a multi-tasker or a single tasker? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

 

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]

The Most Important Type Of ADHD Awareness

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Do you know what the most important type of ADHD awareness there is? It’s knowing how ADHD affects you! You are a brilliant and totally unique person with your own personality, strengths, talents, likes and dislikes. When we mix this one-of-a-kind … [Continue reading]

How to Be On Time Every Time When You Have ADHD

Today's video is all about how make sure you are on time every time for all your appointments. In it, you will learn how to overcome the common pit falls of managing your day, what tools to use, and how best to use them!   What is your … [Continue reading]

Don’t let the Naysayers Stop you!

Don't let the Naysayers Stop you!

  Have you noticed how powerful a naysayer can be? They are the people who see the glass half empty, say negative and mean things about what you are doing. It’s almost as if they know when you are feeling happy, doing something fun, healthy or … [Continue reading]

ADHD and Gluten

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Do you know which food sensitivity is most frequently connected with ADHD? Gluten. In fact, some researchers believe 70-80 percent of ADDers have a gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein substance found in most grains, (wheat, barley, rye) and … [Continue reading]

Why does Time Travel Differently When You Have ADHD?

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Have you noticed how time is a bit of a trickster? It can whiz by so fast that you wish it had breaks, or it plods along incredibly slowly; leaving you bored and restless. Ironically, time perception doesn’t run like clockwork. It changes and is … [Continue reading]

What Successful ADHDers Do…And How You Can Do It Too!

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Justin Timberlake came to Montreal over the weekend!  JT is a brilliant performer; he can sing, dance, has an incredible stage presence, and is funny and genuine. If you are thinking that the photo was taken a long way away from the stage, you are … [Continue reading]