• ADHD/ADD,  Executive functions

    Why Is It So Hard?

    As I mentioned in my last post, goal setting can be a real challenge for those with ADHD. As much as it may be something that we want to do and see through, this is not something that is easy or comes naturally for us. It can be a real challenge. In this first of three posts about goal setting, I want to discuss why ADHDers may struggle with this. There are definitely reasons behind it. This is a good place to start, when discussing goal setting for those ADHD. If we understand why we fail and have a hard time with this, it can help make the rest a…

  • ADHD/ADD

    New Year, Goals, Resolution, ADHD

    Well, the holidays are over and we find ourselves in a new year. Around this time, many people will make resolutions and set goals for themselves for the new year. For many, setting these goals/resolutions and knowing what to do and how to get there isn’t too difficult, for the most part. Some goals are easier to achieve than others, depending on various factors. Either way, many may know exactly what goal(s) they are setting and can plan how they’ll achieve the goal(s). However, when you have ADHD, it’s not so simple or as easy as all that. It can feel like an obstacle course. We may be able to…

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    Personal

    Happy Holidays

    There are a lot of different celebrations around this time of year. The two main ones that come to my mind are Christmas and Hannukah. I’ve always celebrated the first, but that’s just how it was and is in my family. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, something else, or nothing at all, there’s usually something going on around this time of year. Parties, family gatherings, gift exchange, and so much more. This year, I feel like we may be a little more prepared than we have been in the past. Not only do we have our tree and decorations up, but we also have most, if not all, of our…

  • ADHD/ADD

    It’s That Time of Year Again

    We are officially in the last month of the year. It’s now December 2021. Not only does it mean that 2022 is soon here, but for many it means that the holidays are just around the corner. Here, in Canada, where I live, some celebrate Christmas. Others celebrate Hanukkah. There’s a lot of festivities that go on around this time of year. Family gatherings, work-related gatherings, and possibly other types of festivities and gatherings. Not to mention buying presents, sending cards, decorations, just to name a few. This can be a stressful time for anyone, as there’s extra things to consider. However, for those of us with ADHD, just day-to-day…

  • Well-being

    Healthier Habits Can Help your ADHD

    Most of us know by now that eating potato chips and sitting on the couch all day is good for us. We know that exercise and eating the right food is good for us. It may or may be always be possible, depending on the situation, but it is still pretty common knowledge. What isn’t as widely known is some of the added bonuses that exercise and the proper foods can do for kids and adults with ADHD. Sure, we’re all aware that there are medication to help individuals with ADHD, but it’s not the only thing that can help us. And this is where the right foods, supplements and…

  • ADHD/ADD

    Money, money, money

    For ADHDers. managing our finance can be a real challenge. It is something that most of us struggle with. We may forget to pay a bill, or buy things impulsively, or difficulty saving, just to give you some examples. Adults with ADHD also tend to earn less than their neurotypical counterparts. Many have difficulty with employment. Let’s face it, managing our finances is very tedious and uninteresting. When this is the case, those of us with ADHD tend to avoid it. Due to how our brain is wired, we struggle with executive functions. Since managing our finances does require some organization, this makes it difficult to manage our finances. So,…

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    Misconceptions/Myths

    Myth: ADHD is an excuse for laziness

    It can somewhat easy to see why some people would think that ADHD is just an excuse for being lazy. That there is a lack of willpower. There are quite a few tasks that kids and adults with ADHD really struggle with, such as planning, organization, paying attention, or managing emotions, just to name a few. It can be easy to see why some may think this is the case, especially when we have an easy time focusing on things we’re interested in and struggle to do the same when it comes to our job, schoolwork, or housework. Fact is: it’s quite the opposite. ADHD is not an excuse for…

  • Uncategorized

    New Month Reflection

    Last weekend was the end of the month of October, which ended with some kids going trick or treating for Halloween. On Monday, we woke up to a new month. November has arrived. The time seems to have gone rather quickly, in my opinion. I do have to say that I am a bit sad to see October end. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. And I’ve come to enjoy seeing the leaves changing and such. I really do enjoy the month of October. Although I may not always be a fan of November, there is one good thing about this month, which is my eldest’s birthday. Either way, it’s a new…

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    Focus What You Do Well

    For those of us with ADHD, it can be so easy to focus on our struggles, or on the things we can’t do well and should be able to do. It’s what so many people tend to focus on, whether it’s us or those around us. We are aware of our struggles. We will often hear people talk about it and have to hear their criticisms. It is a challenge for ADHDers. Especially when we know our struggles and still expect ourselves to do the same as others, who don’t necessarily have ADHD. We may try to hold ourselves to neurotypical standards, because often times, that’s what we’re expected to…

  • Mental Health,  Self care

    Being Self-Compassionate

    ADHDers hear a lot of criticism and nagative comments throughout their life. Usually starting as kids. It can be easy to internalize it and we can become our own worse critic and judge. We become very self-critical. It also becomes easy to feel less deserving or worthy than our neurotypical peers, who don’t seem to be struggling nearly as much, in our view. ADHD can also amplify our emotions and our self-doubt, and when it happens, it can be challenging to see the big picture. None of this is good for our mental health. Whether it comes from others or ourselves, there is no benefit to this negativity, criticism, or…