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Develop Strengths with Hobbies and Your ADD Traits
People with Attention Deficit Disorder spend a lot of time being told all of the things that are difficult for them to accomplish. Often, the focus is on what’s wrong and how to correct it, not what’s right. If you have ADD, look at your strengths. Then, enhance them with a hobby that helps you develop your best traits.
People with Attention Deficit Disorder have energy, creativity, and persistence. All of these characteristics can help develop great leisure time activities. Is there a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try? Now could be a good time. Do you need a few ideas? This might help to get you started.
When you have energy to burn, find something physical to do. Walking is a good hobby. It lets you indulge a curiosity about what is going on in the neighborhood. You can see the seasons change during your walk through the year. Bicycling and skating serve the same purpose, but they allow you to roam farther afield.
Sports are a good choice for the young at heart and sound of body. At the intersection of companionship and physical fitness are the team sports. Adult leagues exist for many team sports from volleyball to basketball. Individual sports can be worthwhile, too. Martial arts help with confidence, self control, and physical fitness. For people who want a challenge, you can try kick boxing or Capoeira. If your body needs a slower pace, try Tai Chi. Also slow paced, but quite a workout, is the “gentle” art of yoga. It looks gentle when you watch, but your body will know that it has been tested!
Indulge your creativity. Find your inner artist with a community course in your favorite art form. Take a pottery class or paint ceramics. You can draw and paint on many types of media. Even if you don’t think that you have talent, if you have the desire to learn, you should give it a try. There are definite techniques that a talented teacher can use to help you find your artistic expression.
Voice lessons and singing in an adult choir can also be good choices. Try out for a community theater play. You don’t need to have the lead role to enjoy the process. Write a column for the local newsletter. You can also find places on the internet that will help you develop your writing. BellaOnline is one of those. There is a wonderful training program at this website for budding writers.
Persistence can help you solve puzzles. From Sudoku to logic puzzles, building items of wood, or quilting, puzzles can let you use that fantastic ADD ability to think outside of the box. Plan a deck or a garden. Build a backyard pond. Make toys for children who are in the hospital. Discover that inner “puzzlemeister” and work your magic with the materials of your choice.
True self-esteem comes from accomplishment. Use those traits that Attention Deficit Disorder confers on you to your advantage. Start or extend a hobby that you enjoy. Take time for recreation, and use your ADD wisely! Make the ADD work for you.
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