Cover the Basics Eat right, exercise, and get enough rest - we hear it
all the time for good reason! These are the basics that our bodies and minds
need to stay fit. Making even small changes in these areas will increase
your energy levels and ability to focus. Please talk to your doctor if you
need some guidance in these areas.
Schedule in "Down Time" Every Day With or without ADD, life is hectic.
But ADDers frequently report feeling like they are on "over drive" or "high
speed" throughout the day. And this applies to mental activity, as well as
physical activity! It's extremely hard to make progress when operating in
this mode. Learning how to slow down and recharge may take some time, but
the benefits are well worth it. Try meditating, sitting quietly, or taking a
peaceful walk by yourself. Feel free to start small - just 5 minutes a day
will make a difference - and increase your down time as the practice becomes
Choose Great (Not Just Good) Doctors From general practitioners to
dentists, make sure that you have a friendly and reliable doctor who can
help. Adults with ADD, especially those taking medication, should make sure
they have GREAT doctors. Don't settle for doctors that make you feel
uncomfortable. When choosing a doctor, talk to friends and family and find
out who they recommend. Make sure the doctor listens to your feelings and
concerns, and answers your questions. If you've been to a doctor a few times
and they never remember your name, face, or circumstances, it may be time to
find a new doctor. The extra effort that is sometimes required is worth the
stress and frustration that you save yourself in the end.
Indulge in Your Passions Life should be about more than to-do lists!
What do you love to do? Paint, sing, visit the theatre, rock climb? Schedule
in regular time to indulge in the activities that you are passionate about.
It will help keep you happy, positive, and motivated! And you deserve it!
Surround Yourself with Happy & Helpful People One of the best ways to
stay happy and positive is to surround yourself with others who are happy
and positive. Energy is infectious, and we absorb others' positive energy
just as easily as we absorb others' negative energy. Surround yourself with
people who will see the good in you, instead of those who are overly
critical or quick to point out your challenges.
Don't Tolerate Things or Situations that You Don't Have To When adults
with ADD feel weighed down with day-to-day life, they often feel like they
lack the necessary motivation to make big changes. Things like bad
relationships, undesirable living spaces, or unfulfilling jobs seam easier
to tolerate than to change. But making these types of changes doesn't have
to be all-consuming. When large goals are broken into small steps, progress
becomes more realistic and less draining. It's difficult to be happy and
healthy when life is full of things you tolerate, instead of things you