Most people are feeling stressed, and this is especially true of many ADHD adults. The downturn in the economy, climbing employer and client expectations, and an ever growing To-Do list, keep us constantly trying to do more in less time.
More fearful for their jobs than ever, ADHD adults often stay late to do their work. Arriving home mentally exhausted, you are more likely to suffer from anxiety and of course, long hours and low energy don’t help them create with a more balanced life as a way to cope with the anxiety.
This ADHD-friendly success tips will help you manage your work-related stress:
Create a more balanced life
You must connect with family, friends, your community and nature to counter the effect of work-related stress. Take up a hobby that allows you to be creative and in the moment, yes, even if you don’t think you have enough time or energy. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Even though I was launching two programs, I signed up for a pottery class recently and my stress level has dropped.
Keep a positive attitude
Worry, frustration and negative thoughts rob you of quality time and happiness. Notice your thoughts and ask yourself, “Is this productive?” Will you solve the problem by constantly thinking about it, especially if you’re thinking negatively? No! Instead, choose to think differently.
Here’s an example. The common reaction to someone cutting you off in traffic is to get mad and stay mad all day; again, choose to think differently. Often we get mad because that person cutting you off in traffic only reminds you other inconsiderate people or people you feel don’t respect you. Instead of focusing on you, consider the other person’s point of view for a moment. The person who cut you off probably woke up late and is frantically trying to get to work on time. If you empathize with the person, thinking, “Poor guy, I know what that’s like”, it changes your attitude about the situation and diffuses negativity before it can ruin your day.
Learn to be more effective at work
Studies show that ADHD adults are less productive than non-ADHDers because the techniques they use to manage their productivity and their time aren’t compatible with their unique brain wiring. ADHD-friendly strategies to manage your time and life can make you even more productive than your non-ADHD colleagues.
With improved productivity, you won’t need to work later, you’ll do more in less time using less energy and you’ll feel more satisfied and more confident. You’ll come home at a reasonable hour and with enough energy to enjoy the rest of your life. Your improved productivity will also reassure you that you’ve done everything possible to keep your job, which in turn will reduce stress.
Stressful situation will always exist, good economy or bad. You determine your level of stress and anxiety by the way you respond to them.
If you’d like to learn how you can better manage work-related stress, check out The Maximum Productivity Makeover for ADHD Adults. The next session begins on November 3rd.