VICKKI'S PAGE OF TIPS
We dedicate this page on our web-site to Vickie Ball. Vickie was an integral part of our group for many years. As our Meeting Facilitator for the past several years, she always shared new information and helpful tips for living with ADD/ADHD. For all her caring, giving, and passion for helping others... we thank her.
Vickie was very excited to be included in a recently published book “365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD: A Full Year of Valuable Tips & Strategies from the World’s Best ADHD Coaches & Experts” (click here to be directed to the News & Events page for more information). So we honor her with this section which will include many of her tips as well as those from other sources including members of our group and the ADD community at large.
*Pages from the book have been printed with permission from Laurie Dupar, Editor.
Pursue Your Passion
Test and Performance Anxieties are Real!
Pursue Your Passions (Vickie Ball, from the book, page 168)
“Doing anything you “love” stimulates or increases needed for focus, concentration, good memory, prioritizing, organizing, and decision-making, among many other important abilities. If you have to do something tedious, boring or mentally challenging, try to do something “fun” first or alternated throughout the task to “rev up” or maintain your Dopamine levels. You’ll get things done more quickly and accurately.
Ideally, you’ll find the right career or academic courses that you love.
Each day, always incorporate some of your “passions” into your life an schedule. It’s a must for someone with ADHD.”
Dr. Daniel Amen’s brain SPECT scans (one at rest and one while stressed) vividly demonstrate that when you are anxious overwhelmed or panisked, the color-coded computer printout shows the Anterior Cingulate Gurus and Basal Ganglia (anxiety) are red (hot) and the Pre-Frontal Cortex (memory) is white (not working.) Blu is normal.
Picture a garage door slamming shut with all the useful information inside. A way to keep the garage door open and information accessable when you are stressed is to take 5-10 slow, deep breaths.
Voila! You can think again!