Have you lost music in your life? 4 ADHD mistakes to avoid

adult beautiful blur 374703 smallIf you have ADHD, you might find you are extra sensitive to sensory experiences around you, particularly in your auditory environment. You might feel easily overwhelmed by certain sounds or types of music. On the other hand, you might also find that music can move you deeply, almost dramatically. If this is true for you, you will find that strategically placing music in your life, can make a legitimate difference in your ability to focus and manage tasks.

Here are the top 4 mistakes to avoid if you have ADHD and have (temporarily) lost music in your life.

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Are you addicted to your own brand of “chaos”?

black and white city crosswalk 842339 smallIf you have untreated ADHD, you might feel like you can only get things done once they become urgent in your mind. You might struggle with decisions and task management over and over again in a day. And you might assume that this is the way everyone lives - from rushed thing to rushed thing. You may be so used to this way of thinking that you don’t know how it could possibly be different. Perhaps most importantly, you may not even be aware of how often you are bringing stress on yourself in order to get what you need done, or to get to the place you are going.

It can be so exhausting to live in a state of chaos.

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Friendships and ADHD

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If you have ADHD, it likely impacts your friendships (whether you realize it or not). Perhaps you struggle to keep up with the logistics and organizational parts of staying in touch with those close to you. Or, maybe you haven’t had a chance to really think about which friendships feel healthy and rejuvenating for you.

Many people with ADHD describe being “stuck in the now”, which means that that they might not be very conscious or aware of their own wants and needs and this might get in the way of finding a crew that brings out the best in them.

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The art of “moving on” post-fight

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Let’s face it. We all have conflict sometimes. And actually “fighting” is a fundamental part of being in intimate family relationships. It can be an important opportunity to be more honest with each other (or yourself), to work through things that (frankly) need to be talked about, and “clear the air” about your wants and longings.

What we often don’t talk about, though, is how to recover from conflict.
So you’ve let it out.
You’ve said your piece, but now you might feel so far in a “funk” that you don’t know how to get back on track.

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Book Recommendation - The ADHD Effect on Marriage

blur blurred book 46274 SmallThe Springboard Team has learned so much from Melissa Orlov. Her process for naming the effect of ADHD on couples has made an enormous impact around the world and on the work we do at the clinic. What we find so powerful about it is her ability to help us all understand the root of where emotions come from when a family is living with attention issues.

By understanding ADHD deeply, both you and your partner can explore your relationship with a new lens. Whether both individuals have ADHD, or one does, ADHD symptoms can get in the way of honest communication, feeling loved and the overall dynamics of relationships.

 

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Summer Living with ADHD

beach blur camper 386000 smallWhen ADHD is part of your family life, you might have some mixed feelings about summer time. On the one hand, it may feel like a relief to step away from stresses related to school and homework. On the other hand, you may have concerns about how to help yourself and your family cope with the many transitions and changes in routines that summer brings.

To make things more complicated, as Canadians, we are often so excited for the weather to finally be nice that we have a tendency to over hype and over commit with our summer plans. Beware of the temptation of trying to fit too many things into your family’s schedule this summer and consider actively planning time for “rejuvenation”.

Read on to see our top 4 tips for slowing down this summer.

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