Have you ever noticed that when you’re stressed out, it’s more difficult to get to your appointments on time? And you tend to forget more things? Like where you put the keys…while you’re already running late for that appointment?
And that during times like these, it seems like every traffic light you approach turns red and you’re more likely to accidentally spill your drink all over yourself, right before you walk into that appointment?
The more stressed out you are, the harder it becomes to manage your ADD. The more stressed out you are, the more your ADD affects you in negative ways. And the more your ADD affects you in negative ways, the more stressed out you become.
What a vicious cycle! And we all get caught up in it…until we learn that stress management = ADD management.
Whenever you feel your ADD starting to get out of control, try shifting your focus to stress reduction. Take a walk. Go work out. Talk to a spouse or friend and process your feelings and frustrations.
Do whatever it is that you do to get your stress levels down. You’ll find that once you feel calm, centered, and in control, you’ll be much better equipped to manage your ADD challenges.
Founder of the ADD Management Group, LLC &
Author of Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD