Write it down — ADD Tip o the day 106

A lot of negative things had piled up, all pretty minor thank God, but I was feeling kind of down.  I was moping around grumbling to myself and not really enjoying it.  So I sat down and made a list of all the negative things.  That actually helped a lot; I felt better. 

Then I listed all the positive things going on.  Then I felt a whole lot better, and was able to go on with life in a decent mood.

Writing things down, making a list, gives me some sense of mastery.  It also gives some distance from the things, gets them out of my head and onto paper, and helps me see them in more realistic perspective.

If you are trying to sleep but can’t turn off your mind, the worries keep hounding you, try writing them down. Then set the list aside and leave the worries there, you can look at them tomorrow.

doug             

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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