In a thought-provoking episode of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast, co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris delve into the topic of seasonal changes and how they can impact adults with ADD/ADHD. They explore the unique challenges that individuals with ADHD may face during different seasons and provide practical strategies to help navigate and thrive in these transitions.
Tara and Lynne begin by acknowledging that seasonal changes can significantly affect individuals with ADHD, both physically and mentally. They discuss how shifts in weather, daylight, and routines can disrupt daily life and potentially exacerbate ADHD symptoms. They emphasize the importance of recognizing and understanding these challenges to better manage and adapt to seasonal transitions.
One of the key points raised during the discussion is the impact of changing daylight on individuals with ADHD. Tara and Lynne highlight how the decrease in daylight hours during winter months can lead to reduced motivation, energy levels, and focus for individuals with ADHD. They discuss the concept of “Seasonal Affective Disorder” (SAD) and how it can intersect with ADHD symptoms, emphasizing the need for individuals to be proactive in addressing these challenges.
To navigate seasonal changes effectively, Tara and Lynne provide several practical strategies. They stress the importance of maintaining a consistent routine and structure throughout the year, even when facing disruptions caused by seasonal transitions. They suggest creating a schedule that incorporates regular sleep patterns, exercise, and healthy eating habits to provide stability and support overall well-being.
Additionally, the co-hosts highlight the significance of self-care during seasonal changes. They discuss how individuals with ADHD may be more susceptible to feeling overwhelmed or experiencing mood fluctuations during certain seasons. They emphasize the importance of self-awareness and engaging in activities that promote mental and emotional well-being, such as practicing mindfulness, seeking social support, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy and relaxation.
Tara and Lynne also discuss the impact of seasonal changes on productivity and motivation. They acknowledge that individuals with ADHD may experience a dip in productivity during certain seasons and offer strategies to combat this. They suggest breaking tasks into smaller, manageable chunks, utilizing external reminders and visual aids, and setting realistic goals to maintain focus and momentum during challenging times.
Moreover, the co-hosts address the impact of seasonal changes on time management and planning. They highlight the need for individuals with ADHD to adjust their expectations and deadlines during periods of transition. They recommend using tools such as calendars, timers, and task lists to stay organized and on track, while also allowing flexibility and self-compassion.
Throughout the episode, Tara and Lynne emphasize the importance of self-advocacy and seeking professional support when needed. They encourage individuals with ADHD to communicate their struggles with seasonal changes to their healthcare providers, therapists, or coaches. By working collaboratively with professionals, individuals can receive tailored strategies and support to navigate the specific challenges they face during seasonal transitions.
In conclusion, the podcast episode featuring Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris provides valuable insights and strategies for individuals with ADHD to manage and thrive during seasonal changes. By acknowledging the unique challenges associated with shifts in weather, daylight, routines, and productivity, individuals can implement practical strategies to maintain stability, focus, and overall well-being. Through consistent routines, self-care practices, effective time management, and seeking support when needed, individuals with ADHD can successfully navigate seasonal transitions and optimize their daily lives throughout the year.
Tara McGillicuddy is described by those who know her – clients, fellow leaders, and community – as dedicated to the deep, soulful energetic-level shifts required by life. Whether she’s helping to SEE your life more clearly, identify where you’re stuck, tuning into sacred energies OR she’s helping to build a practical life with tools, structure, physical help and precise action steps, she is committed to giving everything she knows to help you live your best life and to feel fulfilled by it.
Tara has been known and celebrated in the ADHD community for decades of practical and long-lasting shifts in tens of thousands in her communities. The creator of ADDClasses.com, The ADHD Awareness Expo and ADHD Support Talk Radio Tara is one of the longest-standing leaders in the field. Over the years she has also honed her natural skills as an empath. She now also combines the rare gift of sight and energetic knowing and her latest project is Empath Now a resource to help Empower Empaths.
Podcast Co-Host Lynne Edris is a Productivity & ADHD Coach who helps overwhelmed professionals from all over the world learn to accomplish what they intend and take control of their days with ease so that they can perform at the level of their abilities and have more time, more energy and more bandwidth for what matters most to them. Lynne is a woman, wife, and mom with ADHD herself, so she understands the struggles and challenges of living with ADHD. She has gone from living in the constant state of chaos, overwhelm, and under-performance that adults with ADHD know far too well, to living a life of more success and fulfillment than she once dreamed possible. Her passion is to help others fulfill their own potential and start “firing on all cylinders” in all areas of your life. You can learn more about Lynne at www.CoachingADDvantages.com, and text keyword “HACK” to 33777 to get her 7 Fool-Proof Productivity Hacks for unfocused professionals!
ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.
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