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Adult ADHD and Re-Learning Advice

June 29, 2014 Elizabeth Prager

Hello again, friends. This week I'm going to write about how to follow my own advice (or the advice of anyone) while simultaneously having adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In my last post, I wrote about a bunch of things and also mentioned how great it was to be on break from school and have some time off. I disagree with my last-week self. It is not fun to be on break and I'm unsure how to now structure my time. I've known how to do it in the past, so why do I feel like I need to re-learn it now?Even when you have learned what to do in the past for situations, that doesn't mean you'll remember how to do it next time.

In the past, I have written blog posts on all sorts of ways to help with time management and boredom. All the same, I am having a wicked hard (note use of word "wicked" -- I'm from Massachusetts) time staying focused and being happy having time off right now. My wife and I were sitting down to dinner tonight and we discussed what I should do to manage my time in a happier, more peaceful way.

What to Re-Learn with Adult ADHD

What did we come up with, you ask? Well, pretty much all the things I've already told you. It's time now, though, to review. For those of you who were wondering: yes, reviewing is something I also recommend doing and often forget to do.

  1. Relax. And, also, relax. Tomorrow (No, tonight.), I am going to re-start meditating. I've been doing something pretty fun lately (though not for the last week). I got a self-hypnosis CD and it's amazing. Once I am in the hypnotic state, I completely feel like I'm floating on a cloud. It's really incredible.
  2. Make a list. Actually, my wife is making me a list. We remembered that my most successful break (as defined by least amount of time feeling anxious, bored and most amount of time being happy and relaxed) happened when she made me to-do lists. The lists were broken up into morning and nighttime tasks. They also included free time activities that needed to be done at certain times. Yes, this seems really regimented and something to hate. It works, though. I don't know why, but it does.

Now that I've re-learned some things, I feel more peaceful. I'm ready for nearly two more weeks of "relaxation." I'm sure they'll be gone before I know it!

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APA Reference
Prager, E. (2014, June 29). Adult ADHD and Re-Learning Advice, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, January 27 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2014/06/adult-adhd-and-re-learning-advice



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