Understand Your ADHD

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Understand Your ADHD

If you have ADHD, odds are that you often dart from task to task and live with a gnawing feeling that you’ve left something unfinished. You could have been aware of it as a child or possibly later in life. Have you ever wondered why?

If you are learning about your ADHD, take some time to understand it by researching yourself and the gifts with which you were born. The first of many things I feel are massively influential to the success of your mission in life is habits. Within habits, we will look at executive functioning skills used to produce complex abilities that let you achieve the goals you have created.

Identify Habits

What are habits? A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. These actions that you take are also significant indicators of the direction that your life is heading in. Remember that the direction you are headed in right now can change at any time; all it takes is a different trajectory. If you are unsure what habits are and how they work, check out “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. In this book, he explains how you have created your current habits, how to stay away from bad habits, and how to create new ones to push you in your desired direction.

Habits such as eating healthy, working out, daily meditation or prayer, and smiling throughout the day, while marginal changes, can drastically increase your quality of life. These are just a few of the countless healthy habits you can implement in your daily routine. Though the habits you will find most helpful are those you personally find and build.

Become Aware of Your Executive Functions

Executive functions have a special place in the heart of someone with ADHD; they are the root of taking action or remaining complacent. Learning and taking control of these functions is one of the most helpful ways to supplement your habit-building lifestyle. There are five executive functions that most people with ADHD struggle with. If you recognize any of these as a struggle in your daily life, look at it as a good start on your journey to success.

  • Adaptable Thinking- is something that helps everyone adjust to the situations they find themselves in
  • Planning- lets you break the desired goal into achievable tasks that push you toward completion.
  • Self-Monitoring- is a skill that allows someone to rationally make the necessary choices to accommodate how they are feeling.
  • Self-Control- allows the denial of self in potentially harmful or difficult times.
  • Time Management- is the ability to allocate a certain amount of time to each task you decide to do.
  • Organization- allows someone to maintain structure for immediate or future use.

Question Yourself

Do I tend to plan well but have difficulty completing my plans? Do I get frustrated following detailed instructions? When do I tend to become more restless, disengaged, anxious, or even tired when I shouldn’t be that tired? What habits/systems do I use to get through my day that don’t work? How about the habits/systems that do work?

Be Honest with Yourself

As previously stated, if you have found any or all of these to be difficult in your life, it’s essential that you are honest with yourself and view these as opportunities to improve your quality of life. Once you are familiar with your weaknesses and strengths, you can confidently set yourself on a path that will pave the road for a healthy direction.

In the next post, we will discuss your environment and how to be fully aware of what it’s pushing you toward.

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