A Radical Change — ADHD Tip O the Day 858

Maybe ADHD Pushes Us Too Hard?

I started school when I was five and started working when I was eleven. I’ve always liked working. And I was always competing, with myself and others.

Now I’ve reached a certain age, and I’m shifting gears, entering a new phase of life.  I call it  coasting. All my life I’ve been striving, trying hard to do better, to improve. I don’t think I’m gonna get much better, and I’m tired of striving and competing.

At the gym, I lowered the weights on the leg machines by 5 pounds, and I’m no longer pushing to increase the weight every day.

In my job, I am no longer trying to do excellent work, just good enough. We have so many patients to take care of that good enough is  all that’s reasonably possible, and my striving for excellence was messing things up.

I am still trying some things: trying to relax, take it easy, sit more often, do mindfulness more often. But generally, I’m trying not to try.  This doesn’t come naturally, but it feels good.

I don’t regret the past, but it’s time to change.

Are there areas of your life where you don’t need to try so hard? Then would you maybe function better in the other areas?


Snide Comment O the Day:

Well, we’ll see.

Thought Experiment o the Day:

In how many ways does ADHD make you try harder?

@addstrategies  #adhd  #add  @dougmkpdp



Just keep on keeping on.

Snuck up on me!

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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3 Responses to A Radical Change — ADHD Tip O the Day 858

  1. Pingback: Taking It Easy? — ADHD Tip O the Day 996 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. holdthatthought says:

    I think it’s great that you’re starting to take the time to relax a little bit. good for you doug


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