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Cooped Up with COVID: What Can you Control?

What is it that we can control in this time of uncertainty? Many of us with ADHD have felt out of control for most of our lives. Suddenly, we find ourselves at home with no set schedule. It is like a weekend that never ends! So, what CAN we control in this out-of-control time?

How about your schedule? At what time will you wake up, eat, and go to sleep? A good place to start is by creating morning and evening routines, even if they happen at different times than usual.

How about your workplace at home? Where will it be and how will you set it up? You might need to work where it is quiet or where there is focused light.

How will you connect intentionally with others, now that you are at home with far less stimulation than normal? Will it be a phone call, a text, or a video chat? You might even write a note and send it snail mail.

How about getting outside? It might be gardening or taking a ride in the car to have a change of scenery—literally! We know that green time is alerting and enhances focus for people with ADHD.

How about moving your body in some way? Many of us were getting WAY more steps in on our Fitbit prior to Covid-19. Remember that the moving brain is the working brain!

How about taking your meds? This is especially important when trying to navigate your day while you or your children are working from home.

How about expressing your gratitude to a health care professional or other essential worker? Everyone could use a boost right now, and a little appreciation can go a long way.

How about your attitude? Victor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, says, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. …Everything can be taken from a man but one thing—the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Leave the work-from-home chaos behind. With the hands-on support of a caring coach, you can regain your sense of control. Reserve a session today.

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