I usually like to write productive, meaningful posts about ADHD. I try to keep it positive and be gentle and give suggestions on dealing with this puzzling brain disease. Not today. Today, I just want to rant a little about what this world is doing to my ADHD, with a few reminders on how I can keep afloat.
I’m simply overwhelmed with emotions. Fear, sadness, anger, hopelessness – you name it. It seems to me everyone is running around in circles, reacting to crisis after crisis, and yet the world continues on its downward spiral.
Wars, the environment, homelessness, anger, joblessness, natural disasters, on and on and on. My mind is full to the brim – but problems continue to be added and added – making my mind feel like a juggler forced to keep too many balls in the air.
Eventually they will all drop.I wish for one minute, I could make the world take a step back and breathe. Stop spending money, stop reacting to crisis after crisis with no prevention, stop criticizing and pointing fingers each and every which way. Everyone wants it all – no taxes, not debt, great education, safety, no poverty, no disease, cheap products, great health care, etc. While I appreciate that we give aid and help other countries, each time we go to the rescue of a disaster in another country I also think ‘Oh no, there go more teachers.’ Does anyone else understand this trade off?
Instead of prevention and being proactive, we are constantly cleaning up messes after the fact with little planning and wasted resources. I wonder how we are ever going to solve anything. It feels hopeless to me, and the more I think about it the more my mind runs away on an ADHD path of destruction, making connection after connection after connection of all the trouble we have in the world. Companies would fail if they were managed this way – the world is no different. We need a strategic plan and I don’t see one coming.
It is is times like these I find it especially important to do a few key things to keep my depression at bay:
- Check in with my doctors. Do my medications need to be tweaked? Am I getting therapy on a regular basis? This is not the time to be blowing those things off.
- Exercise. My mind stays healthy when my body is healthy. Exercise helps release endorphins and helps the blood flow in the brain. Even if it is a 30 minute walk a day – I do it.
- Connect with Friends. It is more important than ever to make time for meaningful relationships. Tell your friends and family how much you love them. Spend a little less time working late and a little more time with your kids.
- Give Back. I feel better when giving back and it keeps me connected to the little things I can do that make a big difference. Writing this blog is a perfect example. It makes ME feel good to know that others are reading and getting reminded how to take care of themselves during these hard times.
- Prayer and Meditation. The reality is I can’t control the world, I can hardly control my little realm. I’ve been practicing my meditation 2x day, and attending my church regularly. I’ve got to stay connected to these practices and keep my faith strong because I DO make a difference.
I think ADHD, left unchecked, can easily drive your brain into a state of helplessness – unless you make a concerted effort to fill it with positive stimuli. It’s hard to remember to do – but practicing some key things can really help keep depression at bay. I’m hoping by doing these things, I’m actually preventing major depressive episodes from keeping me down longer and harder.