When ADD is working overtime, making your day harder than it needs to be. What do you do to reel in your mind?
I listen to music, that has always helped me. I recently started on medication, but when it starts to wear off, music still helps a bit. Always has, probably always will…
Meditation helps. So does reading something I’m interested in (even though keeping focus on what I’m reading can sometimes be hard).
I’ve started writing fiction. When I meet my daily writing goal (I’ve not written in a while) I feel like a million bucks and everything seems easier. I suspect this is because writing is something I was (for lack of a better word) “meant” to do, and doing it fulfills me in a way other activities don’t.
I want to chew on something but I have braces so it is impossible to bite my nails so I have nothing to bite or take my stress out on.
Emergency dance party. Alone in my room. I feel like singing and dancing is helping me to feel better.
It depends on what, if anything, I need to get done. If I have something I NEED to do, I’ll sometimes medicate (either with my adderall or with caffeine, depending on the day), or I’ll break it down into smaller steps and use a tomato timer if I need it, or I’ll bribe myself to do it.
If I don’t need to do anything and I’m just feeling kind of useless, I’ll figure out what’s easy and will make me feel productive. One SMALL task I can do, maybe something I’ve been putting off or have wanted to do for a while, and then I can say the day wasn’t a waste. And then I go do something I can hyperfocus on.
I need a day a month, at least, where I don’t do anything and I can recover and refresh myself or I start to go in too many directions at once and it all falls apart.
If I can, I temporarily change my environment. If that’s going out for a ten-minute walk, or driving to the store, or just anything that gets me into a different headspace. I find that when I come back things are a bit easier to work through.