ADHD & SELF-CARE IN LOCKDOWN!

"There shouldn’t be an expectation to come out of lockdown to learn and master  all these new thing, it should be about knowing you took care of yourself during a time of uncertainty and crisis." 

- Whitney, Counselling & Psychotherapy student

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN EMBARRASSED ABOUT HAVING ADHD?

  • I personally haven’t, I feel like our generation in general have grown up in a special time where things like ADHD, anxiety or depression has been more of an open and honest conversation. I think that on some levels I feel very privileged to have ADHD which many people would find odd.  

DO YOU THINK IT’S EVER IMPACTED YOUR CONFIDENCE WITH REGARD TO PRODUCTIVITY?

  • YES! It's definitely impacted my confidence at times and particularly in situations that are more heightening or overwhelming. Having tasks due by a certain time or commitments promise to others. In situations where I have the inability to focus for long durations of time or only able to to hyper fixate, has definitely damaged my perception of my ability to be productive and acknowledge my competency. I have had to put in a lot of work and effort around understanding and working within my means to produce quality work or be proud of it. 

HOW HAS LOCKDOWN IMPACTED YOUR ADHD?

  • I am definitely someone who works more efficiently with a set routine. With lockdown I have gone from working a 5 day week to a 2 day week. I knew what time I needed to get up, how many hours in the day I had to do professional work and personal work. Now, there are no strict schedules or rules in regards to work life balance. The uncertainty and lack of structure is very disrupting. I have also become extremely aware of all the free time and it's been uncomfortable sitting with it; my anxiety and mental health has certainly been impacted by it.

WHAT ARE TOP TIPS YOU HAVE TO HELP OTHER WOMEN?

  • HAVE A VISUAL AID ✨ Stationary/ planner or schedule that you can visually see & hold yourself accountable for. If I can’t see what I need to achieve I find it very hard to remember it and do it. Auditory processing is a lot harder for people with ADHD and visually being able to process it definitely removes the anxiety and adverse behaviour. 
  • HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE TO NON- NEGOTIABLES ✨ Keep a routine. Plan your exercise, a call with your friends or 'down-time'. 
  • INVEST IN YOURSELF✨ Pick up hobbies & invest in the time to do self-care. Learn a language, knit, do puzzles or crochet. Commit to at least one thing!
  • KINDNESS ✨ Give yourself time to sit in the fact that this is a shit situation and that you don’t have control of it, it's okay to feel more down than usual!

Whitney X

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