Just Be? With ADHD? — Tip O the Day 712

With ADHD, we need to be DOING

My very wise sister suggested that I need to do more “being” and less “doing.”  She’s right.

That’s very hard for me to do. The internal flywheel keeps spinning. The to-do list keeps flashing in my head. The computer keeps calling. The clock keeps ticking.

Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

I have been able to  “just be” for hours a time when on vacation. And sometimes, sometimes, I can linger over a meal in a restaurant. And occasionally, if the weather is nice, I can sit outdoors for a while and “just be.”  Those are all wonderful times. But they do not come naturally to me.

Does anyone know what I’m talking about?


Alert O the Day:

I am trying address this in my quiet time.  That’s a post that’s coming.

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The to do list – it never ends

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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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. 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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5 Responses to Just Be? With ADHD? — Tip O the Day 712

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  2. rammkatze says:

    I’m not sure, Doug. Is sitting around daydreaming a Form oft “being”? My guess is ” no”. I do have spontaneous moments oft “mindfulness”, especially if the sunset is particularly beautiful or the clouds particularly threatening. But “being” comes hard to me too. I don’t have a long to-do list, but that’s probably vecause I procrastrinate doing even that 😉

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    • The Bully says:

      ram – yes, thats a form. good for you. the trick with the to do list is to make it very short – then its not intimidating. also to realize you probably wont get it all done today.
      ram – the way to read it is a little bit at a time. small steps. you could set a goal of one page a day, the first page will be the hardest. i think it could be helpful to you.
      then you could consider the far out possibility of translating it, we could make a deal.
      thanks for responding


  3. The Bully says:

    sierra – indeed the struggle is real! how old are your children? worry is not helpful, but if there is currently a problem, you could do something about it. instead of being vs doing, that’s worrying vs doing.
    thank you contributing.
    best wishes


  4. sierra529 says:

    I worry so much that my own inattentiveness has harmed my children, who also have attention problems. The struggle is real 😞


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