Life-saving questions you can use to reduce overwhelm, anxiety, indecision and procrastination with Adult ADHD.
You may be familiar with the cute little animal idioms that can describe the everyday challenges experienced by adults with ADHD, such as:
- Getting stuck on the hamster wheel: Hamster wheel thinking is the ruminating, or repeated thoughts that loop in your brain. It can keep your brain humming at a level that produces excessive worry, overwhelm and sleepless nights.
- Jumping down the rabbit hole: This describes taking an idea or thought and having it totally absorb you, forsaking everything else in the moment. You may “worry” an idea or pursue an activity that can keep you from moving forward. It’s a familiar and repeatable coping pattern that gets you stuck every time.
- Waiting until the cows come home: Putting off a decision or action until later. Waiting for the “right” or perfect time to move forward that may never appear.
- The chickens have come home to roost. This is linked to the consequences or outcomes from past actions or in-actions. Do you find yourself in the same situation over and over again?
Finding productive strategies for unhooking from this kind of torture can be as easy as utilizing these 5 simple questions.
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- Have I been here before? Is this a familiar situation? Oftentimes with ADHD the situation is so jarring and catches you so off guard that it seems like a surprise attack. In reality, you have probably experienced the same situation before, but have not filed it away in an easily retrievable spot. When you ask yourself this question, you are starting the process of coaching your way through a tough spot. If you journal your experiences, you have something tangible to refer back to.
- What are the facts? With ADHD it’s easy to get tangled up in what we think has happened vs reality. Again, journal what you know to be the facts, not just emotional responses. Challenge yourself to quantify the facts.
- What can I/will I do that might change the situation/outcome? Is there an action you can take that will make a difference? Are you willing to take the action? Is it a situation that will benefit or change from your action?
- What action have I taken in the past that worked/didn’t work? Drawing from past experiences (and your journal), what’s worked well or backfired for you?
- What’s the worst that can happen if I______? This is the bottom line. If you can identify the absolute worst outcome, you may find that you CAN deal with it.
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