Do Your Research
This can include therapy, visiting your local public library, using YouTube and other internet resources, not to mention talking to friends, family and others who know you well. After all, listening to those who know you can be an excellent indicator of any mood swing patterns you may be experiencing.
The magic of therapy is that you can go as far as you want to go toward investing in your overall success and joy in life. It might sound cliché, but I say it because it’s 100% true. Even if you don’t have an official diagnosis, getting to know coping strategies, ways of “re-framing” your thought patterns and becoming more self-aware are tools for a better life, no matter who you are.
Trust me on this: commit to the journey to a better you and the rest of the pieces, the learning lessons to help you thrive, will naturally come your way. It took me decades to learn this fact.
Remember Shame and Fear Only Hold You Back!
This is yet another huge point to be aware of. I read a lot about shame and guilt, absorbing as much as I can toward seeing through the shame of my past, learning to let go and move forward while challenging myself!
That sounds scary, and it is. I’ve had some major anxiety/panic over it at times, but the more I learn about anyone who’s ever been successful, the more it becomes perfectly clear that they had the courage to take risks along the way.
Taking risks helps us in several ways. It teaches us that we’re stronger than we think, teaches us what to do and what not to do, and it also keeps us vibrant and living this adventure called life!
Are You Sure You're Properly Diagnosed?
I say this to those of you who might be questioning your diagnosis deep down. It doesn’t mean you’re wrong – just be sure you get a blood test to rule out other physiological diagnoses that can appear to be Adult ADHD. Even a poor diet can cause huge mood shifts due to blood-sugar levels. A lack of sleep can also mimic ADHD. Just a heads-up.
When mood swings come your way, the more you’ve taken the above steps to heart, the more you’ve done your research and been honest with yourself, the better off you’ll be toward taking healthy steps to see those moods through and thrive. How do I know this? Easy – I live it every day!