Repost: A 2-step process to help you relax this summer!

For those without ADHD, the summer months stretching ahead often conjure up images of lying on a beach and soaking in the sun – the ultimate form of relaxation. Ask anyone with ADHD, though, and many will tell you that these very same images invoke quite the opposite reaction. In fact, some might say that lying on a beach can be downright stressful – they don’t enjoy sitting still, and often get bored and restless when doing so.

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Emotional Regulation and Procrastination

According to an article by Timothy A Pychyl, Ph.D., recent research has been showing us the importance of emotional regulation skills in reducing procrastination. As Dr. Pychyl says: "When we face negative emotions like frustration, resentment, boredom or anxiety that are associated with a task, we procrastinate on the task in order to regulate our emotions." It stands to reason, then, that learning skills to better tolerate and manage negative emotions will help us better manage procrastination!

ADHD and Acceptance: What's getting in your way?

We often talk about ADHD and acceptance: acceptance of your diagnosis and symptoms as a way to move forward. Acceptance means understanding your brain, and coming to terms with how it works. Having ADHD is a different way of thinking and being, and that's OKAY.

Without acceptance of ADHD, it's hard to make changes. So what gets in the way of this crucial process? Here are a few possibilities:

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