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Awesome Self-Compassion Strategies for Managing ADHD

Awesome Self-Compassion Strategies for Managing ADHD

As a kid I didn’t understand why staying focused was so difficult for me. I took notes, did my homework, turned in my assignments, but I still struggled in some of my classes. Sometimes I would be put on punishment for my grades, which really SUCKED. I can’t tell you how many times I was told I needed to manage my time better, work harder, pay attention, stop talking or laughing during class [INSERT SLOW EYE ROLL HERE]. Since then, I’ve learned about ADHD and the symptoms and challenges that come with it. Learning what ADHD is, and what it is not a huge ‘A-HA Moment’ for me! I had to learn the practice of self-compassion so I could build my own foundation that created space for me to STOP BEATING MYSELF UP and get my crap together. I had to give myself some grace as I shifted into making positive changes, and figure out what works for me.

Routines work for me. With ADHD I’m learning that fitness training helps me stay focused throughout the day. Training with someone who knows how to push me to the edge in ways I can understand and respect, along with Body Doubling has been healing to my Vagus Nerves.

I could have saved myself so much time and energy had I known what it means to have ADHD challenges beyond the cliches, jokes, and dismissive comments! This is why I am so fiercely passionate about helping others dispel myths, shed the shame, and understand ADHD from a compassionate perspective.

What is ADHD?

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that involves a combination of persistent challenges, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can cause unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. ADHD symptoms start in early childhood, can continue into adulthood, and are often not diagnosed until adulthood. All too often people make flip comments that reduce ADHD to sudden, childish distractibility, which is extremely hurtful and dismissive to those who struggle with self-regulatory functions of the brain.

What is Body Doubling?

Body doubling is a productivity strategy where another person works alongside you as you complete a task you might otherwise find challenging. The objective is to help you stay focused, engaged, or motivated to finish the job by having someone nearby.

Rebecca Joy Stanborough, MFA, August 26, 2022,

What is the Vagus Nerve?

The vagus nerve, also known as the vagal nerves, is the main component of your parasympathetic nervous system. This system controls specific body functions such as digestion, cardiovascular, respiratory, and the immune system. These functions are involuntary, meaning they are not consciously controlled.

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Need help figuring out what works for you? I can help you explore your options in a healthy way because I know how the ADHD brain works and how it feels to struggle with it. You are not alone. Let’s talk about it!