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Postby Semi-Interesting » Mon May 21, 2018 1:54 pm

Hi
I'm quite new to this section of PsychForums, so hope this type of topic hasn't been posted recently; I don't want to rehash old stuff.
Anyways what coping strategies to those adhd'ers use to cope with daily life tasks and general living?
I've a couple to share which have mostly worked well for me.

1) If I have something really important I need to do. I will put a physical reminder in place eg if I need to buy car tax. I would put the car tax reminder on the stairs in the house, so I don't forget. Or I will leave a handwritten reminder on the kitchen floor, en route to the exit.

I generally find if helpful to keep things important close by where I can see them, or I make sure they are resting against me as reminders. Once I was in an airport waiting to catch a flight to go on holiday, I went to a restaurant/bar for something to eat with my partner and walked away leaving my bag. Luckily it wasn't stolen and I retrieved it ok. So now when I go out to a restaurant I keep the loop of my bag around my knee, So I cant walk away without my bag.

This method doesn't always work so well as recently I left a motorcycle crash helmet in a well known high street newsagents when I went in to buy a comic. I had to put the helmet to the side whilst paying with my card, and walked out the shop without it. By the time I realized 1.5hrs later they'd closed. Luckily my partner was able to drive out and give me an old spare helmet from the garage so I could ride home. This wasn't the first time I'd left my bike helmet behind in a shop

2)If I have to write something eg a report. I will tackle it in sections based on which parts are most simple and easy to write. So I will write an introduction if its easy and straightforward to write, I might then skip to the conclusion(if I have the relevant data to hand), from there I might skip to a different section if I already have some notes written for that part, and eventually most of the report is written. I skip sections when they start to become too complex and stressful.

If I'm writing 3 reports (Which I had to do last week) I skipped about between each of the 3 reports and completed them in this same haphazard way, and I find it works well. I would find it very stressful to just sit down and write a report or essay sequentially. So I use this other method.

Does anyone have any tips they'd like to share?
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby Mitmit » Fri May 25, 2018 8:43 am

I have a ton of tricks. How old are u? The older u get the more tricks u know. But all my tricks is about how natural remedies can improve your performance, because adhd is treatable.
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby Semi-Interesting » Thu May 31, 2018 10:47 am

Hi Mitmit
I'm 46 years old, feel free to share any tips. They would be greatly welcomed
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby Mitmit » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:47 pm

number one is a lot of omega3 fatty acids. thats fish oil. *mod edit*
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Mitmit wrote:number one is a lot of omega3 fatty acids. thats fish oil. *mod edit*


sorry i havent answered until now
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby quietgirl2538 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:12 pm

Hi Mitmit, I edited your post. You did nothing wrong. It's just my job to make sure other's are adhering to the Forum rules.
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby quietgirl2538 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:02 am

I have my calendar where I try to force myself to jot down all information like appointments and phone numbers. I have a steady list that I always have on top of my desk even when I desk is a complete mess. I write almost everything down and scratch things off to make me feel better and show that I am getting "some" things done. I am trying to be more organized with placing paperwork in folders in a filing cabinet instead of just thrown on top of my desk. I don't like opening drawers so things like toothpaste and essentials are always out for me to view and remind me to use. Like deoderant. If I don't put it on right after showering, I will at times walk out of the house without any on. I place notes or paperwork on the refrigerator or on top of my keyboard for me to make sure I see it and remind myself. I cleaned out my nightstand drawers and put only the important and few items there so that I won't get frustrated that I can't find something. I am always losing my phone in the house. I've left it twice some place and was very lucky to get it back. Nowadays it's like a mantra, "place phone inside purse" I do forget and have forgotten where it is at many times, especially at home. I can't think of anymore at this time.
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby Mitmit » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:12 pm

quietgirl2538 wrote:I have my calendar where I try to force myself to jot down all information like appointments and phone numbers. I have a steady list that I always have on top of my desk even when I desk is a complete mess. I write almost everything down and scratch things off to make me feel better and show that I am getting "some" things done. I am trying to be more organized with placing paperwork in folders in a filing cabinet instead of just thrown on top of my desk. I don't like opening drawers so things like toothpaste and essentials are always out for me to view and remind me to use. Like deoderant. If I don't put it on right after showering, I will at times walk out of the house without any on. I place notes or paperwork on the refrigerator or on top of my keyboard for me to make sure I see it and remind myself. I cleaned out my nightstand drawers and put only the important and few items there so that I won't get frustrated that I can't find something. I am always losing my phone in the house. I've left it twice some place and was very lucky to get it back. Nowadays it's like a mantra, "place phone inside purse" I do forget and have forgotten where it is at many times, especially at home. I can't think of anymore at this time.


You are treading symptoms. U could try to get cured instead.
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Re: ADHD coping

Postby quietgirl2538 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:14 am

I stay focused with the medication and I am working on having things simple and more organized too. I can work with that.
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