Spring Cleaning - ADHD Style

baskets clean color 271711Thank goodness that spring is almost really here! For all of us Canadians, we have braved a serious winter and if you have ADHD, you might have some bottled up restlessness to let out. With that in mind, we have been thinking and chatting with clients about how to channel the momentum of spring into getting those nagging ‘to dos’ done (you know the ones!).

Here are our top four tips for “spring cleaning - ADHD style”.

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Springboard's Laura MacNiven shares her story: Let's all talk and reduce stigma

I started to identify with the characteristics of ADHD in my mid- twenties when I began working with adult clients. Before then, I didn't fully understand how ADHD symptoms manifested in adults, and I had never connected with them on a personal level. As I learned more about focus and attention, though, I came to see that these symptoms had been familiar to me my whole life. And, the more I spent time with clients, the more it crystallized for me.

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ADHD and new years resolutions: 3 rules to follow this year

ADHD new years resolutions‘Tis the season of making new years resolutions. And, if you have ADHD, it may also be the season where you find yourself going through a cycle of hope, followed quickly by feelings of disappointment.

You might be an 'ideas person!' who can think of a million things you want to improve on. You may even be excellent at coming up with creative strategies and scenarios for how to make these come to fruition. But, when it comes to sustained follow-through, well, that's where things can get tough.

With that in mind, here are 3 rules to follow to help you keep your new years resolutions this year:

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3 tips for bringing a little "peace and joy" into your holiday season

Holiday stress and ADHDThe holiday season can be busy and stressful at times. We always talk about this time of year as a time to slow down and be with those who are near and dear to us. It is a time where we can reminisce about the magic we experienced as children, and as a community step away from the grind of the everyday. But, if we are honest about it, the holiday season often comes with a lot of highs and lows.

Here are 3 tips to think about as you navigate your family holiday season:

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Check out this TEDx talk: Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story

In the video below, Jessica McCabe talks about the story of her life living with ADHD. She talks about her journey of self discovery, and going from blaming herself for her failures to understanding the source of her challenges. She also talks about learning to understand how her ADHD brain works and developing strategies to move forward. Jessica learned to "recognize and appreciate [her] own strengths, ones that [she] couldn't see when [she] was just staring at [her] weaknesses..."

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