Learning to Slow Down with Adult ADHD

Throughout my life, I’ve never felt like I could simply enjoy a moment. Each one felt rushed and incomplete. A new episode of a TV show? I’d watch it while I did my homework. I’d play video games while I listened to a podcast. I’d scramble to write something at the last moment, just before a deadline.

Certainly, part of the problem was procrastinating, but it would be unfair to solely single out that aspect of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Genuinely, I feel like I never have enough time, for anything.

Whether I’m trying to enjoy a book or a TV show, there’s a nagging thought in my mind that I should be doing something else. I tried multitasking, too, but that just ended with me getting not even half the experience of each of the things I was trying to enjoy. Eventually, it got to a point where I just couldn’t enjoy things, no matter how badly I wanted to.

I’ve been trying to correct this, though. I’ve been making an effort to do one thing at a time, and to focus on and, if I can, enjoy that thing. I think we should all do the same. Here are my thoughts on this below:

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