Breaking the Chains of Procrastination: Task Initiation Tips for Women with ADHD

Struggling to start tasks can feel like an uphill battle, especially with an ADHD brain craving stimulation. Whether it’s tackling that mountain of laundry or diving into an exciting project, getting started is often the hardest part. But guess what? You're not alone, and there are ways to break through the wall of procrastination. 

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5 Things Women with ADHD Need to Know

5 Things Women with ADHD Need to Know
Ever feel like you’re dancing to a different beat because of your ADHD? You’re not alone, and there’s so much strength in your unique rhythm! 

I’ve put together five essential insights that every woman with ADHD should know. Discovering your ADHD as an adult can be a bit overwhelming. This post  gives you straight-forward essentials that can help navigate the world of ADHD a little bit easier. 

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Riding the Whirlwind: ADHD & The Creative Process

Delving into the symbiotic relationship between ADHD and creativity, this blog post explores how the typically chaotic mental landscape of ADHD individuals, often perceived as a myriad of ceaselessly opening browser tabs, can actually serve as a fertile ground for creativity. Highlighting the phenomenon of "hyperfocus," where one becomes so engrossed in a task that time seems to stand still, it asserts that this intense concentration inherent in people with ADHD can lead to remarkable creative achievements. The trick, it is suggested, lies in learning to channel this hyperfocus at will, whilst avoiding the rabbit holes of captivating, yet ultimately irrelevant, details.

The narrative further explores how the frequent distractions faced by those with ADHD can paradoxically act as seeds of inspiration. By maintaining a creative journal and jotting down seemingly random thoughts, individuals can begin to discern patterns and connections that may spark innovative ideas or solutions. This section also champions crafting a personalized workspace that minimizes distractions and maximizes inspirational elements, thus creating an ideal environment for creativity to flourish.

Emphasizing the communal aspect of creativity, the blog post encourages individuals with ADHD to engage with fellow creatives who understand the unique dynamics of their creative process. By sharing experiences, challenges, and successes, and engaging in collaborative brainstorming, individuals can find strength and inspiration within a community. Ultimately, the post celebrates the chaotic yet profoundly creative nature of the ADHD mind, encouraging readers to embrace their unique perspective and leverage it to create and innovate in a manner that only they can.
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Understanding Time Blindness in ADHD Women


Are you constantly feeling like you're racing against the clock, yet somehow always falling behind? You might be experiencing "time blindness," a common challenge for many women with ADHD. In this blog post, we delve into the concept of time blindness, exploring its definition, how it manifests in daily routines, and offer three practical tips to help manage this elusive aspect of time.

Time blindness is not about forgetfulness or procrastination; it's more about the brain's internal clock not syncing up with real-world time. This can lead to chronic lateness, missed deadlines, and misjudged task durations. But don't worry, we've got you covered with strategies like using external time cues, time blocking, and mindfulness practices to enhance your time perception.

Join us in unraveling the mystery of time blindness and discover effective ways to stay on track, manage your day better, and regain control over your time. Remember, it's not about being perfect; it's about finding what works for you. Let's embark on this journey together!

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Flourishing With ADHD After 40

A Woman’s Guide to Navigating Self-Confidence

Hello, my wonderful readers! Today, let's talk about a topic that, thankfully, is gaining increasing attention but still needs a brighter spotlight—adult women being diagnosed with ADHD, particularly after the age of 40. If you've recently received a diagnosis, or perhaps you're supporting someone who has, then this blog post is for you.

In your 40s, you've probably navigated career shifts (career hopping anyone?), family dynamics, and multiple phases of self-discovery. Adding an ADHD diagnosis into the mix might feel overwhelming at first, but don't worry! It can also be a positive turning point, a step towards understanding your unique brain chemistry and making it work for you.

The Late ADHD Diagnosis: Why Now?

Before we dive into thriving with ADHD, let's tackle why some women are diagnosed later in life. ADHD symptoms typically manifest differently in girls and women compared to boys and men. Some traits are viewed more as character traits, or more often character flaws, such as ditzy, messy, careless, chatty, etc., making them less noticeable to teachers, parents, and even healthcare providers. Many women have learned to mask some of their symptoms or misattribute them to other factors like stress, hormonal changes, or just everyday chaos. As I was told in a variety of ways over 30 years, "You have too much on your plate.” Yet I didn’t have more than anyone else in my life. 

Embracing the Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with ADHD later in life may actually bring relief. Finally, you have an explanation for certain challenges you've faced—be it inattention, impulsivity, or difficulty with executive functioning. Instead of seeing this as a setback, consider it a new baseline from which to start a more targeted approach to managing your well-being.

Building Self-Confidence

1. Know Thyself 

Understanding your symptoms is the first step to managing them effectively. Your brain operates in a distinct way, and that’s absolutely okay. The better you understand how you think and operate, the more efficiently you can navigate various aspects of life. Each person with ADHD is different. It is a spectrum so there is no one-size-fits-all solution but that means that our solutions are unique as we are!

2. Celebrate Small Wins 🎉

It’s the little victories that lay the foundation for self-confidence. Did you finish a task that you've been putting off? That's progress! Did you remember an important date because you started using calendar alerts? Awesome! Small wins begin to create a sense of accomplishment and adds to your self-confidence. It gives you momentum!

3. Find Your People

Surrounding yourself with a supportive community can be a game-changer. Whether it’s friends who understand your journey, finding a support group or working with a therapist and/or coach who has working knowledge of ADHD, a supportive network is key.

4. Externalize Memory

Post-it notes, planners, and phone alerts can be your best friends. These tools can help you manage tasks and make room for more pressing cognitive functions, like creativity and problem-solving. Whenever you find yourself saying, “I’ll remember that. I don’t need to write it down,” IMMEDIATELY write it down! 😂 No pen and paper handy? Put it in a voice note or in a notes app on your phone with a reminder to look at it. Or ask Siri to remind you of whatever it is you need to remember with a date and time or for when you get home.

5. Exercise Regularly

Physical activities like walking, swimming, or even dancing can do wonders for your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally elevate your mood and help with focus. Cardio comes in second, behind stimulant medication, as an effective treatment for ADHD.

TAckling Executive Functioning Skills

Here are some quick tips to help you tackle those executive functioning skills you may find challenging:
  • Chunking: Break tasks into smaller, manageable parts.
  • Prioritizing: Learn to identify what needs immediate attention.
  • Scheduling: Allocate specific times for tasks, including leisure activities.
  • Mindfulness: A touch of mindfulness can help you become aware of distractions and help you refocus. Yes, even people with ADHD can do meditation.
Getting an ADHD diagnosis later in life might feel like you’ve just been handed a whole new rulebook, but you’ve got this! It's never too late to understand yourself better and build a life that plays to your unique strengths. I have had clients in their 80's ready to take this on! Take each day as an opportunity to refine your skills, boost your self-confidence, and thrive with ADHD.

Remember, the journey toward a better you is not a sprint but a delightful stroll through the park. Enjoy the scenery!

Until next time, be kind to your wonderfully unique self! 🌟
Jorie


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