When you have ADHD, there are a lot of situations you can put your brain in that will have it gnashing its teeth at you before very long. Namely, anything that involves being patient or tolerating boredom.
But there are also some situation that will make your brain smile at you. Here are 8 things that make my ADHD brain happy:1. Buying groceries at night
No crowds. Even better, no lines and no waiting.2. Phone meetings
My favorite kind. I can pace around, doodle, and otherwise indulge my hyperactivity in ways that might not go over so well at in-person meetings.3. Setting my own schedule
Concentrating can be tough when you have ADHD. Concentrating on a schedule someone else has assigned you can be even tougher. Being self-employed means I can adjust my schedule to work with my flighty prima donna of a prefrontal cortex.4. Traveling
There’s nothing I like more than the feeling of being somewhere I’ve never been before. The ADHD brain is searching for constant stimulation, and traveling is a way to give it exactly that.5. Music
Music is a great buffer against boredom and understimulation. Putting on some music can turn mundane chores into something enjoyable.6. Gmail’s attachment checker
Remember when Gmail added this feature that detects when you mention an attachment in your email but don’t actually attach a file? I do because that’s the day I started being able to sleep soundly at night.7. Running
One of the special and mysterious properties of the ADHD brain is that it somehow knows how to feel lethargic and overly energetic at the same time. Exercise can wake it up and calm it down in all the right ways.8. Swivel chairs
I have a nice chair that swivels, leans back, spins around, and all the rest. While I work, it lets me go through a continuous series of improvised motions I call the “ADHDer trying to concentrate dance,” which in turn helps me focus.
What makes your ADHD brain happy? Please share in the comments!
Image: FreeImages.com/Maria SanchezAbout Neil Petersen Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.