An Introduction to Self-Care & ADHD

Happy New Year! 

I am thrilled to be back from my vacation and ready to take on 2016! I love the new year because it gives us an opportunity for a fresh start. It's like a new beginning of sorts, a chance to do something different. I don't believe that the new year is the only time to do this, but it definitely has momentum built into it that you can't deny. 

Over at Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, we are dedicating the next several weeks to self-care and ADHD, which means I will be dedicating a big portion of the blog to the same topic. I have some great guests coming on the show and we are going to tackle all kinds of issues like exercise, nutrition, medication, mindfulness, and more.

In the first show of the series, Pete and I talk about why self-care matters. Taking good care of yourself means making yourself a priority. This is not always an easy thing to do. We get caught up in day-to-day living and simply stop paying attention to ourselves. There are so many negative consequences from the idea that self-care isn't equally as important. In order to live a full and balanced life, I really believe we have to stop thinking it's not important and really make taking care of ourself a priority. 

So take some time for yourself and reflect, what is your vision when you think about really taking good care of yourself?

Here are a few questions to consider when trying to figure out where to start: 

1) What does self-care really mean to you? Write these thoughts down and document what areas in your life you would like to improve. 

2) From a scale of 1-10, how well do you take care of yourself now? Feel free to have different rankings for different areas of your life. 

3) What does a 10 look like? This is where your vision comes back into play, be very clear on what it is you are aiming for. 

4) What do you need to improve this ranking or get closer to your 10? As Pete mentioned in the show, just going up a notch can make a difference. Being more aware of what you need is going to get you closer to your goals. 

5) What are you doing well? Recognize what is going right and build off this success in other areas. 

6) What areas in your life come easier than others? Along with recognizing what you are doing well, this allows you to reflect on what areas of your life come easier to you. Again, this lets you build off your proven success. 

7) What is your priority right now? In other words, what is most important to you right now? And remember, this does not have to be a big change, it could be very subtle. What is something that you could work on in the next couple of months that would really make a difference in your overall well-being?

8) What do you need in order to work on this priority? Consider what extra resources you need to make this goal a priority. It could be hiring an ADHD Coach, finding an accountability partner, or buying into a new program. Whatever it is, identify it and work towards implementing it. 

9) What could get in your way? Identifying your roadblocks allows you to figure out a way around them. What are your options Choose one and continue to move forward. 

10) How will you remember to work on it?  A very common symptom with ADHD is forgetfulness.  Even with the best intentions, you may forget to work on your goals. Build structures around remembering, maybe it's an alarm that goes off at a certain time or a sticky note posted on your mirror. You want some kind of reminder in order to keep this a priority. 

I'm very excited about this upcoming series around self-care and ADHD!  I would love for you to join in on the conversation. What ideas do you have? What works for you? We can all learn from each other, so please comment on any of the blogs or call us at 503-644-4ADD. With your permission, your voice may even be on the show.

Cheers to making 2016 a Fantastic Year! 

Until Next Time,