TOPIC: FORGETFULNESS AND ADHD
Do you feel like you spend half of your life searching for your phone and/or keys? Do you dread the frantic mornings consisting of rushing around trying to find your belongings before heading to work or school? Are people constantly waiting on you to pull yourself together? If you answered yes to the any of the above questions, you are not alone, however, you may be dealing with ADHD.
It’s human to occasionally forget things. We’ve all forgotten an important birthday or meeting. We’ve all had that morning where you misplace an important belonging as you rush out the door. Sometimes forgetfulness can be annoying but unimportant; other times, it can be serious. The bottom line is that forgetfulness can be damaging to careers and relationships because it can be confused with carelessness or lack of intelligence. (Healthline)
This can be extremely frustrating because your intent is not to be careless. You know you care, but you can’t seem to get your ducks in a row. Luckily, we have some tips and tricks to help you with your lapse in memory and disorganization.
TIP #1: GIVE YOURSELF REAL-LIFE NOTIFICATIONS
Technology is AMAZING in this day and age. Take advantage of it and give yourself real-life notifications.
- Set-up an electronic calendar and schedule important dates, reminders, appointments, meetings, etc.
- Google Calendar is easy to use! You can find instructions to set-up your electronic, Google calendar on your computer, iPhone, iPad and/or Android here: LINK
- Note: Google Calendar is FREE!
- Set-up your Google Calendar to send you text reminders that will notify you a day in advance, an hour in advance and 30 mins in advance (you can even add travel time!)
- Lastly, be sure to sync this calendar to your computer, phone and smart watch!
In addition to adding your events and important dates, we like to use technology to even schedule the simplest of tasks. Whether your life is based in the office or at home taking care of the kiddos, technology is your best friend. For example, if you are a busy stay-at-home mom and need to get your house in order, schedule 30 minute time blocks for different tasks throughout the day. That way you don’t get too focused in on one room and don’t wear yourself out. At the end of each 30-minute task, reward yourself with a small break!
TIP #2: Launch Your Day with a Launch Pad
If you are like me, then your forgetfulness begins at the start of each day. You can’t find your keys, your phone is dead and untraceable, your bag isn’t packed, and you have no idea what to wear! You also have to be at work at 9:00 AM and this is all happening at 8:36 AM.
This chaotic tornado will come to an end when you establish your launch pad. Your launch pad is a designated area you will need to set up for yourself near your front door. This area is a place where you will store your work bag, purse, keys, phone, glasses and everyday essentials. Each day you will check-in and check-out your essentials from the launch pad as you arrive and depart from your home.
Here are some stylish/affordable launch pad organizers that you can easily purchase on Amazon Prime! You can click on each one to purchase.
***If you forget to put your phone or keys in the launch pad at first, an Apple Tile is a lifesaver! You can put this nifty little square on virtually anything (TV remote, book bags, wallets, etc.) and you will be able to track these items on your phone. Another neat feature of the Tile, is that if you are holding the object that has the tile, you can also signal your phone to ring from the tile. This thing is AWESOME!
Buy your Apple Tile here: LINK
TIP #3: ROUTINE & REPEAT:
Automating your daily routine may seem drab, but it will actually make your life totally fab! Give yourself a set schedule EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This includes:
- Pre-planning your meals
- Prepping your outfits for the week
- Waking up at the same time every day
- Going to sleep at the same time every day
- Allowing yourself a standard set amount of time to get ready in the mornings
- Give yourself a nightly routine before bed
- Schedule in some “you-time” for winding down with a book, bubble bath or your favorite show
By getting on a routine, you will feel like you have yourself in-control. This will also help you be prompt, punctual and productive!!
If you or a loved one have any questions concerning symptoms like forgetfulness with ADHD, feel free to give us a call or email. To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, simply click HERE. Share your tips for dealing with forgetfulness in the comment section below!
Impulse Spending and ADHD
Impulsivity is one of the main symptoms for those with ADHD. Are you guilty of impulse spending whenever you are either stressed, sad, happy or overly focused on one thing? It’s common for those with the condition to buy first and think later. Check out the tips below to help avoid your impulsive spending condition.
Step 1: Identify the Issue
We all know how this goes. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. While you may think you are better off than those with drug and alcohol addictions, your shopping addictions can lead to financial instability and debt. For many, shopping may seem like a quick fix. Sophie Kinsella from Confessions of a Shopaholic says it best:
“When I shop the world gets better, the world is better; and then it’s not anymore and I have to do it again.”
This is not the case. You will be in an obsessive cycle and you can't buy yourself happiness. Sure, we all want to feel good and we all know that good, temporary high feeling that is acquired when you get ahold of someting new and shiny. People love novelty and shopping can bring that excitement you are so desperately searching for into your life in a matter of seconds. The dopamine in your brain is released and you feel great. But wait! You forgot about your car payment and phone bill that is due tomorrow. No problem, you charge it on your card and go about your day.
After doing this on repeat, you will feel like you need to go to a Shopper's Anonymous meeting with the hundreds of thousands of dollars you rung up in debt. This debt may also have catalyzed struggling relationships with your spouse and loved ones.
Don't let your shopping problem get to this point. Instead, let us help you control your impulsive ADHD urges and get your life in control.
Step 2: Cash Over Cards
Let's face it, people don't change overnight. If you are going to go shop, leave your cards at home and bring a set amount of cash. Cards are certainly convenient, but they also can encourage you to spend what you don’t have. By bringing cash for purchases, you only have a set amount. When you’re out… too bad, time to go home! You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
Step 3: Avoid Shopping Areas When You Are Bored
No plans after work, but not ready to chill at home? Stay away from the stores ! Many of us use shopping as a pastime when bored or lonely. By surrounding yourself with shiny, pretty temptations, you are setting yourself up for an epic fail. Instead, call a friend, go on a walk, organize your closet or volunteer. There are plenty of free, healthy activities you can preoccupy your time with. Retail therapy is not your friend.
Step 4: Sleep On It
Delay those large purchases looming over your head and sleep on it. Rather than immediately running out and buying things to instantly satisfy your wants, make a wish list and write down why you so desperately need these items. After a month if you are still thinking about these “wishes” then go ahead and treat yourself! If they are no longer eating at you to buy, then put it on the backburner and move on.
Step 5: Mind Over Matter
Keep a journal of your long-term goals and dreams. Maybe those hopes include purchasing home, buying a new car, sending your child to a better school or treating your spouse to a special date/vacation. Whatever you dream of, you can achieve with dedication and self-control. Rather than rewarding every achievement and healing every bad day with a shopping spree, make a jar and put your reward money in there to save for something bigger and better. You’ll thank yourself in the long run.
In your journal you can also take note of how you felt after impulsively purchasing something. Write down what drove you to buy it, how you felt when buying it, how you felt the next day and if you still use that product 30 days later. Did you have any feelings of regret? Did your decision cause you to sacrifice something else?
You can do this. Remember these tips and refer back to your journal to see if those feelings of instant gratification were worth breaking the bank. Remember to focus on the outcome, not the obstacle. Until next time… #adhdtreatmentcenter
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