Living Well with ADHD Blog

The Fastest Way to Fix Your ADHD!

BY RILEY KARBON, PCAC

Early spoiler alert: There is no “fixing” ADHD — but acceptance and trying differently (not harder) is the fastest way we see clients make steps forward in their life. We work with our clients to truly accept their strengths and limitations and to let go of doing things in ways that are not serving them. Here are a few of the most common examples we see in coaching ...

 


7 Tips for Being Successful at Work with ADHD

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

It is a pretty common misconception that people with ADHD are unable to pay attention or focus. After all, it is called “attention deficit” right? The reality is that adults with ADHD can focus. It's just that we have a hard time staying attentive and focused. That's especially true when the activity calling for our attention isn't one that we find especially engaging. 

 


Managing Your Adult Child Who is Struggling to Launch

BY ANDREA YELLINEK, ACC, CACP

Are you a parent of a young adult who is living at home and seems to be unmotivated to lead a more independent, self-sufficient life? Over my years as an ADHD coach, I’ve encountered many parents who seek help for their adult child who remains highly dependent, stuck at home, and avoids higher education, vocational training, and/or employment. 

 


10 Ways to Connect and Nurture Your Relationships with ADHD

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC, CLC

Strong relationships don’t just happen! Sometimes our clients express wishes to be more connected and feel closer to the important people in their lives. They may be spouses or significant others, children, family members, friends, our professional colleagues, and even the new people we meet. Here are a few tips and strategies that may help.



Learning Self-Compassion

BY VICTORIA ROCHE, MSW, PCC

Each of us experiences challenges throughout our lives. So how can we manage the challenges before us, protect ourselves from mental exhaustion, and embrace that joy that life has to offer? The key is to know how to turn passing experiences into inner resources built into our brains. This is positive neuroplasticity to change the way you think.



Accepting Your ADHD & Thinking Instead of Judging

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

Identifying the things that make us different as individuals with ADHD can be difficult, and accepting those things is often even harder. However, acceptance of our quirks is part of the larger process of living well with ADHD. Through acceptance, we can create systems and mechanisms that make our lives easier and more enjoyable. We can also make simple adjustments with meaningful impacts on our lives.


The Importance of PURPLE

BY RILEY KARBON

Has this situation ever happened to you? You and your partner are discussing something innocuous in the kitchen. Your partner notices some crumbs on the counter and then they make a small comment about how there are always crumbs on the counter and ask you to clean up after making your toast in the morning. 

 


Techniques for Parents to Support Their Children with ADHD

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

Parents do the best with what they know and then do better when they know more. So, the more you get educated about childhood ADHD, the more strategies and tools are available to you to manage the challenges and speed bumps that are going to arise from living with this disorder. Here are some tips that you as a parent can use to manage the symptoms ...

 


Managing College Life with ADHD

BY ANDREA YELLINEK, ACC, CACP

The college years can be a very exciting time in your life. College life presents itself with endless choices and opportunities, both academically and socially. While this freedom can be appealing, it can also increase the challenges you may have managed as a high school student … especially if you have ADHD. Here are some steps you can take to make your college experience less overwhelming and more fulfilling. 
 


5 Simple Ways to Build Decluttering into Your Life

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC, CLC

Decluttering isn’t something you do once, and then you’re done with it forever. If such were the case, no one would ever feel overburdened by the stuff since most of us have decluttered our homes at some point. The key to decluttering is realizing it needs to be a mindset, a set of habits you develop that not only cleans the extra stuff out of your life but keeps the clutter out as you move forward.

 


Ideas for Overcoming Indecision for Adults with ADHD

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

Making decisions is a challenge for those with ADHD. One of the reasons is that we are challenged by distraction. And we can get challenged in both our internal and external lives. So, what strategies can aid us to become better at decision-making? Here are a few ...


 


Typical Hurdles to Getting Things Done with ADHD and How to Rethink Them

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

Having ADHD means our brains work a little differently from others. Sometimes, we feel like we need to force ourselves to be like other people, so we try to make our brains work in a “normal” way. The things that work for other people don’t always work for us, and that’s ok!  

 


Parents, Fill *Your* Cup!

BY RILEY KARBON

You, as a parent, have done so much to support your ADHD child. You’ve gotten them support from a therapist or coach, school and have set up creative routines and reminders at home to help them to live and learn easier. (You’re a great parent by the way). And what about support for you?


 


Investing in Relationships: Mixing and Mingling Made Easy

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

We are most certainly living in uncertain times while dealing with this chaotic and unpredictable world. Which makes having friends to provide security and stability all the more important. We all need human connection now more than ever. 

 


Learning and ADHD: The Value of Learning Strengths

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC, CLC

In the legal realm, ADHD is not considered a disability. Yet, unless an individual learns the unique ways they are wired to learn best, the process of learning can be quite disabling!  The fact is that up to 50% of children and adolescents with ADHD will also have a coexisting learning disability. It can be quite a challenge to tease all that out. So, we leave that to the professionals trained to do so! 



5 Tips to Combat ADHD Time Blindness

BY ANDREA YELLINEK, ACC, CACP

Do you struggle with chronic lateness or the tendency to lose track of time? Are friends, family, coworkers, or professors getting annoyed with you for missing deadlines? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Time blindness — or the inability to properly sense the passage of time — is a common struggle with those of us with ADHD.

 


A Work Schedule That Works for Us

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

When organizing our work schedule whether at home or in the office, we need to consider more factors than what time we should start each task. Because we all are so uniquely wired, our preferences and methods can vary. So how can we create the order needed for ourselves to accomplish our work tasks? 

 


The Perfect System ... That Didn’t Work

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

Parents I speak to for the first time almost all have at least one thing in common. They are tired. They’ve been trying so hard to support their child every way possible. But it seems the harder they try, the worse their relationship with their child gets. This often leads to parents trying to create the perfect system that will solve all of the problems they are having with their ADHD child.

 


Finding Time to Connect

BY VICTORIA ROCHE, MSW, PCC

Now that we are getting a reprieve from the pandemic, it’s time to connect with the sources that bring us some level of calm and fulfillment. Summer is here and the nation is beginning to open up after being isolated for a year. For some of us, it’s a slow process. As we begin to re-enter society, it may take us time to adapt to a new normal. So let’s check in on our health and well-being.

 


Reading Is Far Better for Learning Than Audio or Video

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

The pandemic caused the dynamics of learning to change as we had to adapt and move from classroom learning to online learning. That meant we also turned to digital texts and multimedia structures as part of that online learning.

 


7 Quick Tips for Self-Care Any Time, Any Day

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC, CLC

We all know that self-care is super important, yet it’s not always easy to find time for yourself. As a result, you press on and make excuses. You’ll do it when you “have the time”, as though time will magically appear someday on your schedule. The fact is prioritizing small bits of time for self-care on a daily basis is one of the best ways to begin minimizing the impact of ADHD.

 


5 Reasons You May Be Procrastinating and What You Can Do About It

BY ANDREA YELLINEK

Do you struggle with procrastination? We all procrastinate — or put things off — sometimes. But those of us with ADHD or executive function challenges tend to procrastinate even more. Here are 5 common reasons you may be procrastinating, as well as some corresponding strategies to address them.

 


Your Child Is Not Broken. Their System Is!

BY RILEY KARBON

You probably have recognized traditional school settings (system) are less suitable for ADHD kids. All the sitting still, listening quietly, and working independently can have our kids climbing the walls, daydreaming, and falling behind. Here are 3 steps to recognize when something needs to change to better suit your child’s needs. 

 


With ADHD Choosing the Right Career Makes A Difference

BY VICTORIA ROCHE, MSW, PCC

How do people decide what job or career is best for them? The process of career exploration for an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex process that takes time. It involves a good amount of self-exploration, a level of commitment to the process and being open to options you may never have considered.  



Morning Habits to Kick-Start a Positive Day

BY KATHERINE JAHNKE

As soon as you wake every morning, every choice or decision you make starts dipping into your brain’s willpower reserve tank and consuming fuel. There is plenty of research that shows us that willpower is a limited resource. So, it is not difficult to see why when the tank runs dry, we tend to take the path of least resistance or grab those instant gratification choices instead of the things we really need.

 


The Power of Brain Breaks to Increase Your Productivity

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC, CLC

Have you ever noticed that when you create too many things to do, you end up getting less done? Or when you get into hyper-focus mode for hours at a time, you work a little slower? Did you know scheduling more intentional breaks in your day can actually increase your productivity?

 


6 Tips to Support Healthy Sleep Habits for Your Child

BY ANDREA YELLINEK

Is your child getting enough sleep? Sleep deprivation is a common problem for many of our children with ADHD and related issues. So what can you do, as parents, to support healthy sleep habits in your child or teen? If you’re looking to make some changes, here are six tips to point you in the right direction ...

 


Chore-Splitting vs. Chore-Sharing

BY RILEY KARBON

One issue that often comes up when discussing combined relationships (one person has ADHD, the other does not) is household chores. Who does them, when, with what frequency and what’s the balance of labor between the two partners.

 


The First 5 and Last 5 Minutes

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

If you have a child with ADHD, especially if you have a teenager, you have likely heard from them, “I didn’t know we had homework, or “I did not know we had a test that day, so I wasn’t prepared.” But how can it be possible to not be able to keep track of such obvious and important things? 

 


4 Techniques for Saying No to Self-Doubt

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC

One offhand remark from someone you look up to or a reminder of a past failure can cause you to downward spiral all over again. You're focusing on failure. You're telling yourself every reason in the world why you should stop now. In short, you've just derailed yourself completely. It’s time to pause and pivot as you start by saying 'no' to self-doubt, using these simple techniques.

 


Getting to Yes

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

ADHD children place a high value on transparency and understanding, and when they don’t have it, they fill in the blanks with negativity. From their perspective, they are trying to get you to say yes, but you are ready to tell them no. In order to combat this, you can shift the way you approach these conversations (thereby shifting the way your child approaches them).

 


7 Tips to Build on Our Self-Reliance Mindset

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC

Just about everyone can benefit from building a self-reliant mindset. Think about it; all it means is that you rely on yourself more. You are more independent, and your success isn't tied to anyone else. Here are 7 tips to help develop more self-reliance and a 3-step action plan to get you going.

 


Support Your Child Through ADHD Meltdowns

BY GRIFFIN ROUSE

If you are the parent of an ADHD child, it's likely you’ve experienced a notorious ADHD meltdown. It’s important to know that meltdowns are rarely caused by a single event;  they are typically brought about by a slow and steady building of stress, tension, anxiety, isolation, or any number of other internalized negative emotions or experiences.

 


Positive Thinking in Tough Times

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC & KATHERINE JAHNKE

Yes, these are some troubling days we are all going through. Turn on the news and you’ll get an earful of how bad things really are—not only in your community but around the world. Dive into social media and you can't help but be reminded of the difficulties that folks are enduring on an entire host of upsets, not just the virus. The real question is what does any of that do to empower any of us? 

 


Personal Growth in 2021

BY ROBIN NORDMEYER, PCAC

Personal growth and development are not just something you do because you want to feel better or be healthier. It is actually a way to take back control over your life and your decisions. Here are six ways that personal growth can help you feel more in control of your life and on track with the goals and changes you want to experience.