“If you are always trying to be normal,
you will never know how amazing you can be”
As this month we celebrate Black History Month and ADHD Awareness Month, I felt that this quote was most apt. In therapy we always question what is normal, who is normal and why are ‘they’ normal? And if everyone else is normal, does that mean that I am abnormal, crazy or even insane?
According to the medical profession, when you have ADHD (and other mental health issues) it is classified as a Disorder, you have an abnormal brain, you need treatment, you need fixing. My, you might even feel like a hopeless and helpless patient! Rest assured, that is not how this works in counselling therapy!
You are a client, who could do with some support, finding out who you are, what makes you tick (or not!) and how to cope with life (better). You are not broken! You might be a bit battered and bruised, and with (self) compassion you get to find out how your brain works, making your emotions work for you, accepting who you truly are, deciding where you want to go and how to get there.
Adult ADHD symptoms may include:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing on a task
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Frequent mood swings
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Hot temper
- Trouble coping with stress
ADHD is diagnosed only when symptoms are severe enough to cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your life. These persistent and disruptive symptoms can be traced back to early childhood. Source
Famous people with ADHD include Simone Biles (gymnast), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Justin Timberlake (recording artist), Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Channing Tatum (actor), Emma Watson (actress), Michael Phelps (23 times Olympic Gold Medallist), will.i.am (recording artist), Scott Kelly (astronaut), and my all-time favourite person Ty Pannington (TV presenter) and a whole bunch more…
These people do not try to be normal – they are truly amazing! Concentrating on what you can do, instead of what you cannot do (hey – haven’t we read that somewhere before?). Regardless (or maybe despite) whatever ‘disorder’, ‘affliction’ or ‘problem’ you have…
Above content is not intended to be a substitute for professional (medical) advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your General Practitioner or other qualified (mental) health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical/mental health condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
Connect & Celebrate Awareness in October 2021
As mentioned, it is International Black History Month – You and your organisation have a wonderful opportunity to be part of the national celebrations and events to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history. Order your resource pack here.
Go Sober This October – Sober October encourages you to go booze-free in October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who need your support now more than ever. More information and fundraising materials can be found here.
On 7th of October we will be celebrating National Poetry Day, where the theme is ‘Choice’. Our dear friend and writer Sophie Griffiths does truly believe you can save a life with words and wanted to share the following with us:
Can you save a life with words? I am not a doctor Or a nurse But I have words Words that may mean nothing to some But for others they do A connection for a moment or two You are not alone I am not alone © Sophie Griffiths
And last, definitely not least: on the 10th of October it will be World Mental Health Day! The theme this year is ‘Mental Health in an unequal world’. You can show your support by #PinItForMentalHealth and getting your green ribbon here.
We hope you will have some fun and connect in September! Feel free to email us with your stories and photographs – and you might be featured in our next newsletter or blog!
“Nowadays, at work, email is one of the most used and effective tools to communicate, yet we are not aware that this could be one of the main stress causes affecting our mental health. I’m glad that somehow the writer cared about us by letting us know a list of steps to mitigate the email-related stress.
I would highly recommend you share this with your readers as an additional resource, I’m sure you would be doing a huge favour to a LOT of them.”
One of our readers emailed us with this blog recommendation, thank you Victoria!
“How Email Can Negatively Impact Your Mental Health (and What To Do About It)
Email is stressful. That could be a baffling statement to some, but millions of people experience the scourge of email first-hand. This article will teach you everything you need to know about email and mental health.”
Find the full text here.
In these uncertain times we all could do with creating some headspace! For your overall mental health wellbeing it is useful to practice mindfulness. One of the ways of doing this is by guided meditation. You can find a whole load of guided meditations online, although it could be quite a job to find something that you like listening to. So, we have decided to share some of our favourites each month. You can download them to your computer or phone; pop some headphones in and give yourself a break!
This Coping with Uncertainty meditation is just under 9 minutes; reconnect with the present moment and interrupt your worry cycles.
Not sleeping well? This just over 10 minute Sleep Mediation might help you drifting off (maybe not a good idea to listen to this when at work or driving).
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Have a great month!