Information Gleaned from the Annals of Counseling Psychology
Day-to-day life can cause many frustrations if you’re an adult struggling to cope with ADHD. You may get stressed-out coping with your work and personal relationships, meeting your everyday demands at home and with your kids, as well as taking care of your personal well-being. Some tested coping skills to help you manage your everyday life with your ADHD are below:
1. Pay Attention to the Time
Becoming more aware of the clock will help immensely in coping with your daily symptoms. When you start any tasks, write them down with a goal time for completion. Wear a wristwatch. Take note where in your home you may waste a lot of time without being aware of it, such as your garage or living room. Buy a large wall clock. Put it in a highly visible location so you can easily notice it.
2. Set Reminders Using your Smart Phone
Set timers when you begin important tasks and use your smart phone to set reminders.
3. Use a List of your Priorities
List your priorities so that the most important ones are listed first. List the less important ones so that they are accomplished only after the higher priority tasks are complete. Review your task list each morning, before you do anything else. When you are assigned tasks from others, list them immediately according to your priority, not theirs.
4. Manage Deadly Time Wasters
If you find yourself checking unnecessary internet sites too frequently, uninstall them or move their app shortcuts to make them more difficult to use. You can also delete the shortcuts or bury them in a folder somewhere.
5. Always Provide Extra Time for Yourself
Add 10 minutes to the time you allow to get things done. Plan to arrive at important functions 10 to 15 minutes earlier. Important: Avoid being late!
There are many things you can do to manage ADHD, even though there is no cure. Develop healthy coping habits, so that handling daily frustrations and obstacles will become second nature. Doing so can literally change your life!
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