Why Reframing Your Habits is so Important with ADHD

Habits make up the foundation for our daily lives.  Whether it’s your morning routine or when you go to bed each night, they affect you on a daily basis.  However, when ADHD comes into play, things get a little more tricky. You have your habits, but they don’t always work out the way you’d hoped.  One “off” day can quickly spiral out of control and before you know it, you feel overwhelmed. This doesn’t mean you made a mistake or are doing something wrong.  It simply means you’re dealing with a disorder that impacts your ability to use what you know. Staying organized takes a little more work.  

So, how do you keep this problem from occurring?  Proper medication and regular therapy visits are good ways to start.   Massachusetts General Hospital has been doing some research.  They’ve found that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help to manage symptoms of ADHD.  CBT is designed to help people rethink how they view their symptoms and take steps to address those issues.  They have found that both children and adults do better with a combination of CBT and medication rather than with medication alone.  

But, what does reframing habits mean for you and why is it so important?

Simply put, reframing is the process of looking at something in a new light.  You’re taking a look at something you consider a problem and turning it into something positive.  It’s the groundwork that will let you move forward even when things appear difficult or mistakes have been made.

 

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