This is really about mindfulness and awareness – good for anyone, especially for those of us with ADD or ADHD.
I am giving up playing Freecell. There is nothing wrong with playing Freecell. I’ve been playing two, maybe three games a day, on my wife’s computer, since I had to take all the games off mine because of addictions. That’s not a lot and it doesn’t take much time. I enjoy it (when I win); it’s relaxing, and I need some breaks. But it was becoming a habit, although not an addiction (yet). And I figured there were some better things I could do with my break time. So a new rule – anytime I feel called to play Freecell, I will go play the guitar instead. It’s working pretty well so far.
Only after deciding this did I become aware: it had started as once a day; going to two or three is the path to addiction. Freecell only takes about ten minute though. And after all, two a day is only twenty minutes.
Twenty minutes a day, 2.33 hours a week, 9.33 hours a month, that’s over a day. That’s 112 hours a year, about 14 days. Do I want to spend 14 days of my life playing Freecell?
And of course, it was starting to be 3 times a day, sometimes.
I could also practice just sitting, which I haven’t been doing so well at since it got cold, or exercising, or reading something enjoyable. Will stick with guitar for right now. Mindfulness and awareness.
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.