Adult ADHD Online Shopping Tips

Adult ADHD Online Shopping Tips Save Money Online and Avoid Common Pitfalls of Impulse Spending

Follow these Online Shopping Tips to Save Money and Avoid the Common ADHD Pitfalls of Impulse Buying!

There are plenty of ways to save money online but those of us with ADHD need to approach with caution! If you have read my post about saving money in-store then you will know that the biggest pitfall for shopping is impulse buying, we love a good bargain!

Shopping online is great for those of us who struggle to negotiate big stores, who feel anxious and stressed at the thought of going out into the throng of people all filling their trolleys, particularly if we have to shop at peak times when just finding a space in the car park can be a challenge.

There’s an incredible range of products available online too, pretty much anything you can think of is available somewhere and you don’t have to worry about shopping at unsocial hours. The shops are always open and there’s always a ‘Sale!’ on somewhere.

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Money Saving Tips – Curb Your ADHD Impulse Buys!

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Shops want us to buy more stuff!

Shocking isn’t it? Well, no, of course not, but that’s the bottom line, and a lot of people with ADHD are prime candidates for seeing something new and shiny and on sale and just snapping it right up without really thinking it through.

How often do you go into a store, say, to pick up a few items from the supermarket on the way home, only to come out with a receipt showing 4 or 5 times what you had intended to spend. It may be that you decided to just go ahead and do the weekly shop while you were there, but most times, you’re so wound up trying to remember what you need that you look at everything. You notice a new product, or a product on sale, or a product you haven’t had in a while but you remember really liking it… It goes on and when you get to the checkout you look at the cashier and say ‘I only came in for a couple of things’ while you type in your PIN and hope that no-one asks how much you spent when you get home.

I have been there way too many times, I’ve been unpacking bags which take up all of the surfaces and spill onto the floor wondering where I’m going to actually put all this stuff. That’s why I’m going to give you some tips for cutting down on your spending, for curbing those little impulsive purchases and ultimately for saving money.

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Using Sand Timers as Part of Your Reward System for your ADHD Child

Sand Timer Reward System for SEN ADHD Child and Adult ADHD Parents

How can you use a sand timer as part of a reward system?

A couple of years ago I bought a set of three sand timers, each one is a different colour and lasts for a different length of time. There are a few different time intervals available but I chose 5, 15 and 30 minutes. The 30 minute timer, which is black, has become a firm favourite as part of our reward systems, not only for our youngest child, but also for my older two.

‘What kind of reward is a sand timer?’, you may be thinking. Well, it turns out it’s one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child. It’s your time.

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Struggling with ADHD? Let’s take control!

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Do you wake up each morning full of ambition and determination that today is the day that you are going to tackle that To-Do list?

Do you go to bed each night feeling like a failure, resolving to try harder tomorrow?

That’s how I used to feel – until I started seriously looking into current research and available help and advice sources to actually take control of my ADHD, instead of letting it control my life.

I couldn’t believe how many people struggled with the same problems that I did, and I had no idea that it was my ADHD that was behind these issues.

All I knew about ADHD was that it affected concentration and focus, and was probably behind some of my more impulsive actions as I was growing up. Can you believe that I went home one day when I was 18 and told my parents that I was moving in with my boyfriend who lived 100 miles away, and that I was leaving at the weekend? I was so excited about it that it never crossed my mind that it might have been a bit of a shock to them, and that maybe I should slow down a bit.

I always assumed that everyone thought the same way, when I was studying I thought I was just too lazy to write my assignments, always leaving them until the very last minute and then pulling an all-nighter to get them written. One night, when I was finishing my degree at The Open University, I actually drove 60 miles in the pitch black darkness to put my assignment through the front door of my tutor because it was the actual day of the deadline. Cutting it fine? Definitely! – but it was the only way I could get things done! I got my degree in the end, that’s me in my graduation robes up there. My graduation ceremony was in 2004, and I was already a mother to two children by then. I may have taken a bit of extra time, and had a few course direction changes along the way, but I made it!

The biggest revelation I had was that the constant negative self-talk that I had in my head, that voice that just said “Wow, you really are useless”, was part of my ADHD. The Doctor hadn’t mentioned that when I was diagnosed; he just explained that my general lack of ability to keep the house clean was due to my brain finding it too dull to bother with. I mean, seriously, isn’t that most of us?

I was given some pills back in 2012, you can read about that here, and for a while they made a difference, but although I gained some energy and focus, it was another three or four years before I finally realised that medication wasn’t the magic answer that would transform my life and make me into a ‘normal’ person.

When I started to seek out more information, when I took an interest in what it means to have ADHD, I realised that I had just been trying to ‘fix’ myself. I was ignoring the fact that my creativity, sense of humour, intelligence and hyperfocus could actually be a great thing. That the good bits are worth celebrating!

I had been beating myself up about my failings, letting my self-talk grind me down, leaving me feeling that it was pointless to even keep trying. Now I have accepted and even embraced my ADHD and I want to share that with others out there who may be stuck where I was, who need to be pulled up, brushed off and shown that there are worse things you can do than forgetting to brush your teeth, or pulling into the driveway only to remember that you were supposed to pick up milk on the way home.

If you feel that your ADHD is a disability, if you feel that it makes you worthless, if you are frustrated by your constant battle to get through each day, then you have come to the right place.  I have learned to embrace my ADHD, and you can too!

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