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🌸 Navigating Life with ADHD: My Guide 🧠💖

Introduction


Hi! I’m Allison

I consider myself an OG at this point. I was diagnosed at 21.

You don’t have to do the math, let’s just say that was over a decade ago. There was less back then.

You don’t have to do the math, let’s just say that was over a decade ago. There was less back then.

  1. Less support

  2. Less bite sized information

  3. Less community

…and more shame.

These days – there is a growing community, with plenty of women, that are waiting to welcome you with open arms. They’ll support you. They’ll educate you. It’s still hard, but at least you feel less alone. I went to an ADHD support group here in my city after I was diagnosed. No one spoke in complete thoughts. I thought – these are my people.

An ADHD diagnosis can be life changing for someone who has spent their whole lives thinking it was their fault. It was their fault they always lost their keys or their phone. It was their fault they had a hard time keeping friends. It was their fault they couldn’t finish anything..ever.

It’s not your fault. It never was. You’re a good person. You’re not lazy. The world wasn’t set up for us – so we have to set it up for ourselves.

So you’ve been diagnosed. Now what?

The journey ahead may seem overwhelming, I know. But there are steps you can take to embrace your new title, and thrive like the King or Queen you are. We’re just a little spicy! Here are some key things to do after your diagnosis, and some tools that will help you along the way. Learn!

Take time to learn more about ADHD. Understanding the science behind it, common symptoms, and various treatment options will empower you to make informed decisions about your well-being. Check out my blog on my fave ADHD instagram accounts – that give info in bite sized pieces. Build a Support System

It’s not an excuse, but it’s an explanation. By explaining to those close to you about your diagnosis, it promotes understanding. Be weary of disclosing to your employer though. I think it contributed to my exile if I’m being honest. Explore Treatment Options

ADHD management often involves a combination of strategies.

Finding the right balance of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes takes time. Be patient and open-minded as you explore what works best for you. Set Realistic Goals

Set yourself up for success. Take tasks, and break them down. Setting more realistic goals will boost your confidence. Also – give yourself grace. Be kind to yourself. Join a Community

One of the best things I did was join Tik Tok. It allowed me to share similar experiences with others that have ADHD. It gave me confidence to embrace it – and the passion to share my experiences with others.


What would you add to this?? Also sorry for my sass at the beginning. Love my group of ADHD ladies on here ❤️ #adhd #womenwithadhd #adhdinwomen ♬ original sound – Allison Z

Game Changing ADHD Tools

Here are some game changing tools that have helped me on this journey. 🚀✨

affiliate links are included. That means that if you click on them, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. As some of you know, I was recently promoted to specialist at the Unemployment Cafe. Fired. I was fired.

First… stop. Do not buy a planner. You know what’s going to happen. You’ll write in it for 3 days and then put them in the pile of abandoned journals.

Noise-Canceling Headphones: Block that sh*t out. Dive into your tasks without being derailed by external distractions. Noise-canceling headphones create a focused environment, allowing you to concentrate and boost productivity.

Visual Timer I know what it’s like. You get working on a project and next thing you know – four hours have gone by. You’re hungry. You’re dazed. This timer breaks time into chunks so you remember to break away.

Trackers Our brains just don’t work like other people. We don’t remember to put our keys in the same spot. So finding them is like a find and seek game. IF you’re like me, you’re always late…so there’s just no time to look for them.

Fidget Toys They’re not just for kids! Embrace the fidget! Fidget tools like stress balls, fidget spinners, or textured items can provide a tactile outlet for restless energy, helping to improve focus and concentration

In Closing

An ADHD diagnosis serves up challenges, but it’s a chance for growth, self-discovery, and resilience. By educating yourself, building a strong support system, and implementing strategies for success, you can navigate life with ADHD and embrace the full spectrum of your abilities.

Remember, you are not alone, and there is a wealth of resources and communities ready to support you on this journey.

Please contact me if you need me to lend an ear. I’m here for you!

YOU GOT THIS!!!!

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