Stress & Anxiety

Self-Care Strategies: “How I Make Happiness a Priority”

Managing symptoms is a daily strain, so adults with attention deficit should make self-care an item on their to-do list.

An adult makes a to-do list and puts the fun stuff first.
An adult makes a to-do list and puts the fun stuff first.

ADDitude asked: “What would you put on your to-do list to make yourself happy?”

I try to stop taking things personally and remind myself that I’m not the reason people around me are upset. —Francesca, Germany

Find a therapist who understands adult ADHD and the repercussions of a late-in-life diagnosis! —Beth, Massachusetts

Smile, even if you don’t feel like it.Susan, Louisiana

I take 10 minutes (at least) a day to look at the good things in my life. When I reaffirm the positive things, it makes my day more doable. Happiness is as happiness does! —Michelle, Oregon

[Free Resource: 15 Ways to Rein In Intense ADHD Emotions]

Reduce clutter in my house; it reduces clutter in my mind. —Janet, Kentucky

Take a class at the Cleveland Institute of Art. —An ADDitude Reader

I would be happy if I could hire someone to help me with the laundry and housecleaning, so I could spend more time with the kids and family. —An ADDitude Reader

Three things: get more outdoors time by myself, play my cello, finish college.Elizabeth, Missouri

[Create Your Happy Space]

Have a hobby that is strictly for me.Christina, Ohio

Pay all of my bills on time and get a massage, manicure, and pedicure. —An ADDitude Reader

Ride in a rodeo. That would be great. —Kim, Hawaii

Always be true to yourself and “just say no” to situations that don’t make you happy, no matter what other people think. This was a costly lesson for me to learn. —Katrina, South Carolina

A nice, hot bubble bath behind a locked bathroom door. That does the trick.Nancy, Ohio

[Get Happy!]

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