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Limiting Stress with Attention Deficit Disorder
So much of the stress that we feel comes from knowing that there are things in our lives that need to be done, and we are just not doing them. Folks with Attention Deficit Disorder are known for the ability to procrastinate! Contrary to what some think, that is not laziness. Procrastination often stems from a feeling of being overwhelmed. There is too much to do, too little time to do it, and the whole thing is one big confusing mess. How can you get it all sorted out and lower your stress level?
Make a list of the items that you want to accomplish. What bothers you the most? Which small job can you get rid of quickly? Prioritize the tasks on your list.
Take your top three items. What steps do you need to take to complete each job? How do these tasks fit into your calendar? Schedule them into your life. Do small enough chunks, so that you do not get overwhelmed.
Complete the work on, or before, the dates that you chose to do the projects. If life happens, and you don't get it finished, then reschedule it. Be sure to use that new time that you chose to finish the jobs. When you have completed that mission, then go back to the list and re-prioritize it. Add anything new that is bothering you.
Stress isn't just in your head; it is a physiological reaction. When your brain receives the word that you are feeling stressed, your body starts pumping out chemicals. One of these is cortisol. It is what helps to stimulate the body's fight or flight response to stress. Over years, an excess of cortisol can harm you. Too much cortisol results in an inflammatory response in your body that can trigger a number of chronic conditions. Sleep patterns and body rhythms can be disrupted, leading to further stress. Your brain does not work as well when bathed in cortisol. According to an article in Psychology Today, excess cortisol can change brain architecture and connectivity. As people with Attention Deficit Disorder, we need to do what we can to limit stress in our lives. Remember these three words to lower your stress level; list, plan, do.
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