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Unpacking ADHD: From Diagnosis to Daily Life

Hey there, ADHD warriors!

I'm Jo Picken, your ADHD Coach, bringing you another dose of ADHD awesomeness! Today, let's take a journey together from diagnosis to daily life, unravelling the intricacies of living with ADHD.

Meet Jo Picken founder of My ADHD Coach
Jo Picken My ADHD Coach

Getting an ADHD diagnosis, especially as an adult, can feel like a revelation and a relief - Believe me, I know. It's a grand "Aha!" moment where things in your past and present suddenly make a lot of sense. You're not lazy, unmotivated, or just 'weird' – you’re neurodivergent, you've got a different way of processing the world, and that’s perfectly fine!

But once the initial relief subsides, a flurry of questions flood in. What does this mean for your daily life? How do you manage the kaleidoscope of ADHD symptoms? Fear not, my friend, I'm here to guide you through this colourful labyrinth of neurodivergence.

First off, let's tackle the big one – ADHD is not a deficit of attention but rather an issue of regulation. We can hyperfocus like a laser on stuff we find interesting (Oh hello, 3-hour YouTube rabbit hole!), but often struggle to engage with tasks deemed 'boring' or 'mundane.' Recognising this is the first step in formulating strategies to channel your attention productively.

Next, understand that ADHD affects more than just attention. It's an iceberg with most of its mass hidden beneath the surface. Impulsivity, hyperactivity, mood swings, forgetfulness, and time blindness are all part of the package. Unpack these elements one by one, familiarise yourself with them, and develop a toolbox of coping strategies tailored to your unique ADHD profile.

Never underestimate the power of a routine. Yes, I can hear the collective groan, but hear me out! This isn't about turning into a robot, but rather about providing structure to help navigate the chaos of our ADHD minds. Even a simple routine like a regular sleep schedule or a daily to-do list can work wonders.

It's also crucial to remember that living with ADHD isn't just about managing challenges; it's about embracing your strengths too. People with ADHD are often creative, innovative, and think outside the box. These are powerful traits that can fuel success in many areas of life, especially in business. Harness them!

Most importantly, cut yourself some slack! You're dealing with a brain that operates differently. Some days will be harder than others, and that's okay. Celebrate the wins, no matter how small they seem, and remember: you're not alone in this journey.

Join me, Jo Picken, your ADHD Coach, as we navigate through this ADHDventure together, transforming the 'disorder' into your superpower. Stay tuned for more insights and remember, your neurodivergent brain is a marvel, not a menace!

To the ADHD superheroes out there, keep rocking that neurodivergent life!

Until next time, Jo ✌🏼

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