Stress affects people with ADD/ADHD especially hard as our body chemistry is hindered by enzymes that literally shut us down. I’ve spoken about brain freeze in the past but in short we are physically unable to unravel our thinking during these times.
Stress is fear-based. Fear is a powerful force which holds people captured in negative paralysis thus limiting one’s possibilities. In a stressful world filled with uncertainty, a fragile economy as well as tragic consequences such as fires in California and global warming; it’s easy to see why people are in stress; particularly with the economy.
Here are 3 tips you can use to overcome the stress of the economy so you can move more fluidly in the world and focus on being productive.
- Turn off the media
Just as an insect is drawn to the fire or the reality that there is a tendency for people to focus misery instead of opportunity, the media has taken the point of view that we are doomed. I find this offensive and degrading to the human potentiality available in all of us. I wonder why we spend so much time on our problems as opposed to engaging in dialog that produces solutions. So turn off the talk shows and listen to your heart as the lyric says. We are bigger than the problems facing us.
Take a moment and be grateful for what you have. At the end of the day and the beginning of each, take note of 10 things you are thankful for. Recall your past successes, natural talents, strengths and skills, relationships and personal achievements. Be rigorous. Pay strict attention to what you have accomplished in life and quiet the negative dialog that has you focused on what you don’t have. You might be surprised how much you have going for you. This alone could get you creatively motivated to take that next step towards success.
- Remember action reduces fear.
Action relieves depression. You can certainly become depressed and fall into a state of rumination; you know, the churning over of could’s, would’s and should’s. Once you get into motion, fear disappears. Fear comes in all sizes and shapes including public speaking and anxiety of the unknown. Everyone has fears; part of life. Even Laurence Olivier considered to be the greatest actor of all time would throw up before every stage performance. In spite of the fear, he took action. Courage is moving forward in the face of danger. So be courageous!
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