Addicted to your phone? Use it to your advantage! 10 Apps I actually use to help with my ADHD & Anxiety
I am obsessed with this right now because it is REALLY helping me. I have started a new birth control pill and I am waiting for my body to adjust but I am going through hell. My anxiety is a la max which is essentially causing me to shut down and become depressed. This app helped me to realize that I was repeating to myself "I am depressed, I am depressed" which lead me to essentially freak out and try and find a way to "fix myself". Now, I am trying to reframe my thoughts. Rather than saying "I am depressed", I am now saying "oh, there's the depression feelings. Just keep going with your day." Or, just keep swimming as Dory would say!
I am really loving the "7 days of calming anxiety". It is really making me think and flip my thoughts positively!
This is where I am getting a lot of my ADHD information. I think that it is worth mentioning that these podcasts are the only way that I can get myself on the elliptical in the morning. The time passes by SO FAST when I am listening to a podcast. Without the podcasts, 2 minutes on the elliptical feels like an eternity. Here are the podcasts that I follow:
- ADHD reWired with Eric Tivers
- Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast
- More Attention, Less Deficit
- The Faster Than Normal Podcast: ADD | ADHD | Health
- Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell
- ADHD Experts
- TEDTalks Health
- Hidden Brain
- "10 minutes into waking up, you need to get dressed"
- "15 minutes into waking up, you need to start to get breakfast ready"
- "25 minutes into waking up, you need to start making lunch"
10. Varage Sale
Varagesale may not seem like it should fit into the category of "help my ADHD". That said, for me it does! I often have these huge creative ideas that require little nik nacks. As an example, I am working with someone and we are running a support group. I love adding all the little details and creative touches that most people wouldn't bother with. Guess what I found on varagesale?! Name tags! And not just sticker name tags to annoyingly put on your shirt. These name tags are the clear plastic ones that hang around your neck. I am going to get 30 name tags for $1. Before finding these, I was plastifying cue cards! These name tags will be a timesaver and they fit the exact criteria of what I wanted! I also love using Varagesale to buy clothes. A lot of people find this gross but all you have to do is wash the clothes!
All that said, please be careful! When I first downloaded Varagesale, I was obsessed, wasted a ton of my time and was driving all over the place! To be fair, my friend and I were moving into a new apartment and needed to fully furnish it. I even ended up getting some free gorgeous wood furniture out of it because I was so hooked and would see offers when they would first appear. My word of caution is to decide how much time you want to spend on Varagesale BEFORE you download it and limit yourself to that predetermined time. I'm telling you now, it's not going to be easy!