The virus and ADHD
It would be strange not to write about the virus today, but I think I mostly said it last time. How could I connect the virus with the topic of ADHD?
Well, maybe. We’re under semi quarantine, and everything is pretty much closed, shut down, canceled. We’ve have been spending a lot of time together in our small apartment and not seeing much of other people. I haven’t checked with my wife about this, but I thought I detected the beginning of possibly a teensy weensy slight bit of tension and irritability here this morning. Maybe it’s just me. I’m an irritable person, which I tend to blame on my ADHD, although that doesn’t really help much.
Anyway, the weather has been warm for three days and we’ve been able to take an afternoon walk, which we just completed, and I think the negativity has abated. Hopefully this post won’t cause any offense. Unfortunately, the prediction for the next three days is a return to below freezing. Boogers.
A brilliant insight
This occurred on the walk today. After all these years, I may have gained some understanding of mindfulness, being present in the moment, and living in my head. I noticed that I was thinking about lots of things: this blog, our finances (OMG!), other things I needed to do, and as almost always, the song running through the back up my mind. Isn’t thinking about lots of things what we ADHDers do? So what was I missing, unless something striking caught my attention? The sights, sounds, smells, bodily feelings. I was able to shift my attention and stop thinking and just notice the sounds: traffic, my wife’s arm rubbing against her jacket, my feet hitting the pavement, the birds, the breeze in the trees; and the different colors of the houses, the interesting signs on various houses, the clouds, the pain in my lower back, the slight breeze on my face, etc. etc. etc. I wasn’t in my head; I was in the present moment. That’s a very different experience and one that I’d like to keep having. I’ll see how it goes.
Irrelevant Note O the Day:
I’ve given up on DragonSpeak, sorry Dino, thanks for your efforts, and I’m using the Microsoft word app. However, it just doesn’t work on WordPress, so I still need to do this on Word and then transfer it.
Quote O the Day:
“ Nothing is ever easy.”
If you’re not sick, see if you can take a walk. Both exercise and getting outdoors are helpful with ADHD.
Extra Note O the Day
I meant to connect ADHD and the virus by writing about science. I meant to do a lot of things. Probably next time.