10 Tried and True Tips for Adults with ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are terms that have become more and more common in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of children between the ages of 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, and 5.6% of adults 18-44 have been diagnosed, with a recent uptick in diagnosis in adults over 45.

Adults with ADHD, even undiagnosed, have built up a toolbox to function in a fast-paced society. When the world shut down, and people had to spend the vast majority of their time at home, they had to figure out how to cope when they weren’t always in go mode. It’s easy to overlook a diagnosis when you’re always moving, or always exhausted from the daily toil.

ADHD can be complicated, especially when co-morbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, or autism are present. In fact, the co-morbidity of these disorders is part of why so many individuals go undiagnosed into their adulthood. ADD is no longer the commonly accepted term for different types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. With further research, it’s been discovered that hyperactivity is still there, but present inside the mind rather than outward in the body.

There are three types of ADHD: Hyperactive, Inattentive, and Complex. Hyperactive ADHD is characterized by difficulty controlling impulsive behavior and struggling to sit still, while Inattentive ADHD is characterized by difficulty paying attention and staying focused on tasks because your mind is going a million miles an hour and in a dozen different directions. Complex ADHD is a combination of both Hyperactive and Inattentive ADHD.

The following quirky tips (that have been recommended by actual ADHD brains) will help newly diagnosed adults with ADHD and those who strongly suspect they may have it gain control of their focus, daily functions, and routines.

Tip 1: Understand What Makes Your Brain Tick

The first step towards gaining control of your ADHD is understanding what makes your brain tick. Everyone’s experience with ADHD is different, so it’s important to find out what strategies work best for you to cope with hyperactivity or inattentiveness, or both.

It’s also important to find your motivation and drive, and observe what burnout and self-care look like for you. ADHD brains rarely do self-care the same way as neurotypical brains. Like training a dog, some ADHD brains are reward motivated, while others are achievement motivated.

Tip 2: Drop the Mask

It’s important to stop pretending to be someone you’re not and wondering why you’re always exhausted. Embrace being neuro-spicy. Masking increases fatigue in ADHD people because it takes a lot of extra energy to put on a mask every day and act like someone you’re not.

Be your authentic and most genuine self so that you can let the creativity and drive that powers you run loose. Once you’ve found some tools that work to keep you on track, there’s no telling where that track can go.

Tip 3: Find the Joy in Your Routine

ADHD brains chase dopamine, which is created when we experience joy, pleasure, or a feeling of accomplishment. Find the little ways to reward your brain for doing tedious tasks it doesn’t want to do, such as cleaning up your room or taking out the trash.

Keep rewards consistent so that you can learn how to motivate yourself through positive reinforcement. When you’ve kept up your routine, and you’ve accomplished a larger goal, you can reward yourself with a bigger treat.

A good example of this is setting a goal to get a number of chores done in your home. And promising 20 min of screen time when you finish the first three items on the list. Another 20 min of screen time awaits you after your next three tasks. If you can maintain that for the week, take yourself out for a movie and buy the big popcorn bucket to reward yourself for adulting.

Tip 4: Lists and Lists of Lists

ADHD brains struggle with executive function, so having a list of things that you need to do, in the order you’d like to get them done (perhaps the order of most efficient or worst chore first) is like having your best friend reminding you of your tasks.

I personally use WondrNote to keep track of everything from my grocery list to my chores, and any important dates for my family. We have a fully linked Google Calendar that all members of the household have access to, and if it’s not in the calendar, it doesn’t exist.

To make sure that you stay motivated throughout your tasks, add reward points to your list. Add variety when things get tedious, and try listening to music while you work. ADHD brains thrive on movement (most of the time), and music will keep your body moving even when your brain is buffering between tasks.

Tip 5: Keep Life Visual

With ADHD, out of sight is out of mind (which is why we absentmindedly leave the cabinet doors open). Organize your spaces with labels or clear containers so that you don’t forget things exist. Open-faced shelves are a great way to keep things visible, but remind you to organize them.

With open-faced cabinets, clear bins, and labeled containers, when you go to look for something, it will be easier to find it without having to search through piles of things that don’t belong where they are. The tasks of organization and decluttering are the bane of the ADHD brain, it’s just not something most of us are good at. We WANT to be good at it, but when push comes to shove, we have more ideas than space to store it all.

Tip 6: Sphere of Influence and DOOM Boxes

Daily tasks that need to be done should be grouped together so that it’s easier to stay focused on them for the limited time you can concentrate. For example, when making coffee in the morning, keep all of the supplies (coffee pods, cups, creamer etc.) within arm’s reach so that there is less time spent searching for them when you need them. You can also add medications to this location as a reminder to take your medications every day.

DOOM boxes are a source of relief and of anxiety for most ADHD brains. Didn’t Organize, Only Moved is what DOOM boxes stand for, and it refers to the idea that “tidying up” is the same as “hiding the evidence of chaos”. Keeping a DOOM box in most rooms will help you keep things tidy looking, but add at least one extra chore every week. Every ADHD brain will have at least one DOOM box, which is fine, so long as you make it a point to put things away once or twice a week.

Tip 7: Order of Efficiency and Natural Process

Often, ADHD brains will get severely distracted during a task, and immediately drop that task to start the next. If similar tasks are clustered together, you can begin to build a habit of doing them in conjunction with one another.

Here’s an example, my Kuerig Machine is next to the microwave and across the walkway from the fridge and coffee cups. I can grab my coffee mug and creamer, and start my K-Pod. While my coffee is brewing I can also prepare my snacks for the day which are stored in the cabinet under the coffee setup.

Another example that I use with my kids is that they naturally wake up and go straight to the bathroom. When they’re done washing their hands, they can see the medicine shelf in the reflection of the sink, and the water cup is on the counter.

Tip 8: Remember That It’s Okay To Have Off Days

Even neurotypical brains have days where they struggle to function at 100%, accept that sometimes 60% is all you’re going to get, and do your best on those days. ADHD goes hand in hand with Imposter Syndrome, making it difficult to cut yourself some needed slack.

Additionally, people with ADHD are statistically at a higher risk for chronic pain disorders, chronic fatigue disorders, depression, anxiety, and other similar mood disorders. It’s hard to be cheerful and spritely when your brain chemistry seems to hold a grudge against you for waking up.

It’s also important to give yourself grace when it comes to tasks like calling friends or replying to texts; many times we reply in our heads and forget to actually reply on the phone or type something out and forget to push send; these are out of sight out of mind type struggles for those with ADHD.

Tip 9: Eat Healthily

Food has a huge impact on how our bodies and our brains work. It may be hard at first to create the motivation to cook healthy foods when GrubHub is just a click away; however, if you can push yourself to develop a healthy eating plan tailored to your individual needs it will become a habit much easier over time.

ADHD brains tend to graze; they are at a higher risk for eating disorders than most other learning disabilities, and it has very little to do with body shame or dysmorphia. Take some time once or twice a week to prep foods that are nutritious and easy to snack on and store them in the fridge or dry storage cabinet so they are easily accessible when needed.

Some studies show that artificial flavors and food colorings can make ADHD symptoms worse by causing interactions with your brain chemicals; try removing some of these things from your diet and see if there is a difference in how you feel. It’s okay to snack on unhealthy things every once in a while, but your brain will thank you for eating healthier for the majority of your intake.

Tip 10: Sleep Is Important

Do all in your power to capture a solid 6-10 hours of sleep if that’s what your body needs; however, many ADHD brains find that breaking up their sleep into two or three periods of a few hours each leaves them more rested and more productive than if they had slept for 8 hours straight.

ADHD brains often struggle with 9-5 jobs because our circadian rhythm is off; many folks with ADHD find that they are night owls and perform better working swing or night shifts; often falling asleep naturally around 2-3 am works best for them.

My theory is that ADHD is a step in the evolutionary path and that our insomnia and sleeping struggle is part of the human race’s defense systems re-engaging from our hunter-gatherer era. But I’m no scientist, I’m just a gal with ADHD, and three kids also touched by ADHD.

Bonus Tip: Find What Works For You And Hone It To Perfection

ADHD is a superpower but you need to find the tools that work best for you and your brain; when you find something that works for you then hold on to it and hone it for your specific needs.

For example, listening to a book or podcast (like this one about hacking your ADHD), while doing chores engages a different part of your brain and keeps you moving along toward your goal. If you find that you struggle to sit still for long periods of time, but need to remain in your seat, try bringing a craft or activity you can do with your hands that doesn’t distract others, such as knitting, crocheting, coloring, or playing with a fidget toy quietly under the table.

What is ADHD Anyways – Jessica McCabe of How To ADHD on Youtube

Additionally, Jessica from How To ADHD has some great information about why we are the way we are as well as tips on how to make life easier – just because your brain works differently doesn’t mean it has to be a struggle!

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10 Strange Roadside Attractions for a West Coast Road Trip

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Are you looking for something new and different to experience on your next road trip? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the top 10 strangest roadside attractions that can be found on the West Coast. From the world’s smallest mountain to an upside-down house, and a forest made of cars, these roadside attractions are sure to surprise, amuse, and entertain curious readers killing time on their phones!

1: The Nation’s Smallest Mountain

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The Nation’s Smallest Mountain is located in the Gass Peak Wilderness area of Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. It is a large boulder measuring only 310 meters (1,017 feet) in height and is considered the smallest mountain in the world. The easiest way to reach the World’s Smallest Mountain is by taking Highway 160 from Las Vegas to the Blue Diamond Valley. From there, you can access the Gass Peak Wilderness area which is home to the mountain.

What makes this mountain so unique is that it does not fit the traditional definition of a mountain since its peak is below 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). It has become a popular tourist attraction as visitors come to marvel at its miniature size.

2: The World’s Largest Thermometer

The World’s Largest Thermometer can be found in Baker, California along Interstate 15. This 134-foot-tall structure was erected in 1991 and has become a popular tourist attraction in the area. The thermometer is illuminated at night, giving it an eerily beautiful glow that can be seen from miles away. To reach the thermometer, take exit 239 off Interstate 15 and follow Baker Boulevard east for one mile.

The World’s Largest Thermometer is located in Baker, California, and stands tall at an impressive 134 feet. It was built to commemorate the record high temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit set in nearby Death Valley on July 10th, 1913. The thermometer holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest and serves as an interesting reminder of how extreme temperatures can get in California’s deserts. While it may not be a traditional tourist attraction, this giant thermometer makes for a great photo op while you’re driving along Route 15 through Southern California!

3: The Oregon Vortex

The Oregon Vortex is an unusual roadside attraction located in Gold Hill, Oregon. It consists of a series of mysterious phenomena that seemingly defy gravity such as strange movements of objects and people appearing taller or shorter depending on where they stand. To visit the Oregon Vortex, take Highway 99 North from Eugene and turn left onto Redwood Highway. Follow the signs for Oregon Vortex and you will eventually find yourself at this weird tourist attraction.

This strange phenomenon has been studied by scientists for decades and continues to baffle visitors with its mysterious power. After the harsh winter and the brutal wildfires Oregon and California experienced in the last few summers, the Oregon Vortex is temporarily closed to visitors while they recover and repair the portions of the attraction that have been damaged. Check the website or call before you visit to ensure they’re open.

4: The Upside-Down House

The Upside Down House is certainly a unique experience. The two-story house has been flipped entirely upside down, with furniture, paintings, and other fixtures all hanging from the ceiling as if gravity had truly been reversed. Although it looks strange at first glance, visitors will quickly find themselves amazed by how realistic this structure appears up close. From chairs that appear to be walking on the walls of the house to paintings that seem to defy physics, it’s an incredible sight not soon forgotten. Be sure to take plenty of photos when you visit The Upside Down House in San Diego, California – you won’t regret it!

To visit the Upside Down House, take I-5 south until you reach Balboa Park. The house can be found in front of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center inside the park. This bazaar tourist attraction is sure to shock any unsuspecting visitors with its bizarre design.

5: Mystery Spot of Santa Cruz

Mystery Spot Santa Cruz is a strange tourist attraction located near Santa Cruz, California. It consists of a 150 feet diameter circular area where gravity appears to be defied and laws of physics seem to no longer apply. Visitors can experience optical illusions such as people appearing shorter or taller than they really are, and objects rolling uphill instead of down according to the law of gravity.

Scientists have been unable to explain the phenomena that occur in this mysterious spot, adding an extra layer of intrigue for visitors. The Mystery Spot has become one of the most popular attractions on California’s west coast, drawing thousands each year who come hoping to unravel its secrets.

To reach Mystery Spot Santa Cruz from San Francisco, take Highway 17 south until you reach Scotts Valley Drive. Turn left onto Scotts Valley Drive and follow it for two miles until you reach Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz. This mysterious place has been baffling visitors since 1940 with its strange gravitational forces and otherworldly atmosphere.

6: Bubblegum Alley

Bubblegum Alley has become a popular tourist destination in San Luis Obispo, California. The area consists of a small alley lined with walls that are completely covered in chewed bubblegum! It is believed to have been started by students at Cal Poly University back in 1970 and has since grown into one of the area’s strangest attractions.

Visitors will often see people taking pictures with the colorful gums or even adding their own pieces to the walls. Bubblegum Alley offers visitors an interesting sightseeing experience and provides them with a unique reminder of their time spent visiting this strange roadside attraction.

If you choose to add your own bubblegum contribution to the wall, be sure to practice sanitation protocols, such as washing your hands and avoiding touching your face while you’re there. After the events of the pandemic shutdown, we need to be ever-vigilant about our health and safety.

To reach Bubblegum Alley, take Highway 101 south of San Francisco until you reach San Luis Obispo. From there, take Marsh Street west until you reach Higuera Street where Bubblegum Alley can be found between 733 and 741 Higuera Street.

This wacky sight will make any visitor wonder in amazement at what they are seeing!

7: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle, WA

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle, WA is an antique shop that has been open since 1899 and contains a vast array of artifacts from various eras of history. It’s often referred to as “time boiled down” due to its immense collection of items ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to vintage toys and souvenirs.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle, Washington is an absolute must-see for any West Coast road trip. This unique shop is a treasure trove of oddities and curiosities from around the world. With over 100 years of history, it’s no wonder that this place has become one of the most popular roadside attractions in the area.

The star attraction at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is undoubtedly Sylvester the Mummy. Believed to be one of the best-preserved mummies ever discovered, Sylvester was found in Egypt by two explorers more than a century ago and brought to America where he now resides in the shop’s main display window.

It’s incredible how well-preserved his body is after all these years – visitors can still see his facial features and even some hair on his head! Visitors can learn more about Sylvester’s mysterious origin through information provided by knowledgeable staff members who are eager to share stories with guests who visit this unforgettable stop along their road trip adventure!

Visitors can explore this incredible relic up close and learn more about old-world cultures with its many displays. With so much to see and experience, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop makes for an interesting stop on any West Coast road trip!

8: The Wave Organ, Marina District, San Fransisco, CA

The Wave Organ is a unique and memorable experience. Constructed over three decades ago in the 1980s by Peter Richards, an engineer, and master of his craft, this organ is made with PVC pipes fitted into stones at San Francisco’s Marina District pier. The waves from the bay create music when they travel through these pipes to create different sounds and tones that resemble an actual organ.

It’s no wonder why this attraction has become one of the most popular roadside attractions on the West Coast! Visitors can spend hours listening to the beautiful melodies produced by nature as they enjoy unparalleled views of both San Francisco Bay and its surrounding areas. As the tide comes in and out twice daily, it activates these metal pipes to create haunting music that can be heard distinctly down the wharf.

Visitors to this area will definitely enjoy this strange yet captivating attraction as they get an auditory adventure unlike any other! Aside from its unusual design and soundscape, The Wave Organ also provides visitors with spectacular views of San Fran Bay which makes it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the west coast – whether you’re on a road trip or not!

9: The Echo Park Time Travel Mart, Los Angelos, CA

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Los Angelos, CA is a unique and fun experience that’s perfect for your road trip. This store is like taking a leisurely vacation in the TARDIS from Doctor Who and hitting all the vintage shops on the way.

When you shop here you not only get to explore some of the quirkiest gifts around, but you’re also supporting a great cause: children’s literacy programs! The staff at this one-of-a-kind store are happy to help you find whatever it is that you need, and they have an inspiring motto – “Whenever you are, we’re already then.”

So if time travel shopping is something that sounds appealing to both adults and kids alike – why not check out this awesome stop during your West Coast Road Trip?

10: International Car Forest of the Last Church, Goldfield, NV

The International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada is the brainchild of two artistic minds. Chad Sorg and Mark Rippie came together to create an art installation that would surpass the size of previous record holders like Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.

With 80 acres of the empty desert as their canvas, they “planted” over 40 cars into the ground. While these vehicles are not actually planted into the ground – they are simply propped up (and partially buried in some cases) at a variety of angles – this art installation has become one of the most talked about roadside attractions on a West Coast road trip!

The sheer number and variety of cars add to its aesthetic appeal and make it an ideal stop for any traveler looking to explore something off-the-beaten-path. The landmark was the culmination of one man’s dream to have his name in the Guinness Book of World Records, and another man’s passion to provide a space for other artists to express themselves without fear of prosecution for vandalism.

Best of Wishes in Your Travels

We hope that this list provides some inspiration for your next West Coast Road Trip! From strange sights to unique sounds, these attractions are sure to provide curious readers with something new and exciting to explore! So pack up your car and hit the road – who knows what kind of strange sights you’ll find!

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