22SOS! When you find yourself ob- sessing over things, use acronyms
to help you get out of the rut. Example: SOS:
Stop Obsessing, Silly!
23STOP BREATHING. Not really! Breathe in while counting to 8, hold
your breath for 4, breathe out to the count
of 8. Repeat. And repeat, until you feel yourself calming down. Bonus: The breathing
routine also helps you fall asleep.
25I SAID “NO.” Adults with ADHD are often people pleasers and take
on more than they should for fear of hurting
others’ feelings. Learn to say “No” (gently),
or “Let me think about it,” which is a sure
solution to prevent overbooking.
26STOP APOLOGIZING TO TA- BLES. Many of us are so accus-
24TIME OUT! Give yourself a timeout when you think
tomed to being “wrong” that we get in the
habit of apologizing for everything we do,
into tables! Notice
how many times a day
you say, “I’m sorry.”
Then notice that not
everything is your
fault. So cut out the
when truly needed.
you’re about to blow. Head to
the bathroom for an emotional
break, or get some fresh air.
27WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Have a hard time deciding? Write up seven to
10 dinner ideas on index cards. On the
back, list the ingredients needed for each.
Keep the cards in your purse so you can
pull one out as needed.
28I BOUGHT THE MILK BUT FORGOT HE TOMATOES! Take photos of
your favorite recipes so you’ll know what
to buy at the grocery store. Upload them
to online storage or keep them on your
phone for easy retrieval while shopping.
29EAT BACKWARD. Have breakfast for dinner. How can you turn down a
loaded omelet and a side of hash browns
(from the freezer section, of course)?
30USE A FAST COOKER. Today’s combination pressure-cooker/
slow-cooker cuts cooking
time by 75 percent, so even
if you forget to thaw the
roast, you can have dinner
on the table in minutes.
31CUSTOMIZE A PRINTABLE
GROCERY LIST. Create a
grocery list of the items you use
most, and post it on the fridge. Check
off what you need each week, and grab
it as you run to the store.
32HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL? It’s never a good idea to waste
water, but occasionally running the
dishwasher half full is an ADHD
necessity. It beats moldy dishes sitting
in the sink. Avoid the heated dry cycle
to save energy.
We’ve Got Your Back
33IS IT SOUP YET? Any time is soup
time for the ADHD
kitchen. Simple to
make and easy to
freeze, soup can be
healthy and satisfying for several meals.
A crockpot makes it
In the Kitchen