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Creating Habits, Rewarding Yourself, and Jazz, Baby!
This whole newsletter is asking you to be good to yourself.
A HUGE THANK YOU to you all. I had to take about a week and a half off of life due to a family emergency. Thank you for your patience. I have missed y’all and am trying to get caught up as best I can! There’s a lot of work to do…
Have I got a hack for you! Here’s the #1 thing I have learned about managing my ADHD: If I can make it seem like a game, I’m going to see it as fun and not as a chore.
So, I made myself a tool, and you can use it too! It’s a Habit Tracker. It takes us three weeks to establish a habit. This allows you to see it and track your progress. The best part? The first thing you do is figure out what reward you want. See the next section for that.
Head on over to the shop and go download it! Report back!
I am HORRIBLE at remembering to hydrate. And seeking dopamine. Oops. A couple of weeks ago, I saw these cute glasses. They would be perfect for making water drinks I would actually drink. Except I wouldn’t.
I mentioned rewards above. Here’s my plan. I am going to use the Habit Tracker, and if I can drink eight glasses of water for 21 days in a row, I get to buy myself the glasses.
I LOVE THEM!
THIS is how you reward yourself and plan dopamine. This is how you set yourself up for success. So, instead of adding to cart, Why not create an Amazon List of all the things you want to earn? Start here for some inspiration:
As it’s Women’s History Month, I felt it was an excellent time to share some facts and ADHD diagnoses in women. For real, many women are being diagnosed late these days. There’s a reason for that.
Consider these facts:
Most studies in the 20th century focus on boys. There was little interest in studying how ADHD manifests itself in girls. Mainly, this was because it often wasn’t “visible.”
At a conference in 1993, a psychologist spoke about the need to study gender differences in relation to ADHD, noting it was a significant health issue for girls.
The first study on gender differences would not be published for another three years.
It wasn’t until 2003 that the first study focusing exclusively on ADHD in girls was conducted. I was 29 years old at the time…
Articles to explore this more:
VeryWell Mind - Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Women
Oh, we’re getting a little jazzy over here! It was time. I don’t know about you but for me, jazz is instantaneously calming. Add the 8D aspect to this and the fact that the playlist was designed for headphones, and we have a WINNER!
If you are looking for a playlist for a certain activity, let me know, and I can do some digging!
I really want to work to ensure that ADHDers have a safe place where they can get support, make friends, and learn. As a paid member of Late to My Own Party, you get all kinds of fun things to help you navigate life with ADHD and to be part of a supportive, safe community of like-minded (literally, our brains work the same way) people. Upgrading also helps support this content and allows me to do work to help us all feel more seen and understood.
Also, YOU GET 10% OFF EVERY DAMN THING! Downloadables? Yes. Stickers? Hell yes!
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