How Pressure, Finances And Deadlines Make Me Suddenly Work With ADHD

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Wow!

It has been ages since I wrote in my blog.

This was a crazy busy year with severe health issues in my family, suddenly finding myself close again to my parents and having to take care of them. I might tell You some other time about the stress, emotional conflict and overwhelm , this sudden caretaking caused.

Having to leave  my hometown so often , my business was running very low or better say crawling and actually resting!
That caused several financial panic attacks: In summer I was so broke I had no idea how to buy food for me and my cat. Of course the cat got sick, too and had to go to the Vet, which sure I did but therefor even had less money. Useless to say, that my bank account was on the maximum line of credit.

However this ADD mind of mine works, I
1. Procrastinated earning some money and remained in a state of panic
2. Finally, under extreme financial pressure, I started to write job applications for all kind of jobs that I was not   really interested in – I love being self-employed!
3. Eventually I wrote applications for 2 schools to work as a teacher for Aromatherapy – Yes! I actually wanted to apply there long-time!
4. Recherched and checked out ways how to pay less for health insurance and wrote several letters to my insurance to pay less and get some money back from years before, something that was on my to-do-list for long, too.

 Momentary Happy-end: 🙂

1. I now pay less for health insurance and even got some money back.
2. I am still self-employed! 🙂
3. I rented out part of my practice space- another thing I wanted to do for a year now! So that saves me some money each month.
4. I got both jobs as a docent for Aromatherapy! Hurray! :-))
Happily  one of them already started in September and the next part of the lecture is next week. …well yes, i am procrastinating or not prioritizing right now, as i should either prepare my lecture or go to bed! Anything BUT  writing in my Blog! well, well, …
5. A friend of mine asked me to give a paid!!! Workshop on Bodylanguage and Massage. Which I did last weekend.

The  result:

After having less money then none at all I have some o.k. money for now.

After having no paid work for a long time I have to give two 4 day – lectures on Aromatherapy in a school in my town and two 8 hour workshops in Berlin. All of that in 2 months…including preparing the lectures!

Which means: Stress! Excitement! Stress! Panic, too! Excitement! Work!

And look at me:
Suddenly I am there, preparing everything in short time, being structured and working.
Suddenly I am doing and arranging things that have been sitting untouched on my to-do-list for ages.

What is this?

I have to admit I only work under extreme pressure.

I am actually a bit  ashamed to say that. Even though I know how I work or how my brain works.
I mean, I had A LOT of work!
I was really afraid and panicking I won’t be able to prepare the Aromatherapy course in time. Especially after i had to follow a given and broadly defined lecture plan, having no idea what they were actually asking for.
I had very LITLLE TIME for preparation!
Every job was and is in a short time. One after the other.

This is how my brain works.
I hope my heart can cope with this panic and extreme rhythm, too.
Panic and Stress means Adrenalin and Dopamin.
And that makes me run and work and structure myself like I could not do before! Continue reading

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Procrastinating Super Woman

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In between or better say instead of doing work related things, I started a comic-sketch-painting series  of  “Procrastinating Super Woman”.
A busy grrrl having much to do, so no time (yet) for saving the world!
I was curious about illustration and as I already started experiencing with  watercolor, I thought I’ll give it a try.
Have fun! 🙂

Procrastinating Super Woman, Watercolor pastels and Ink pen (c) thefemmeaddon

Procrastinating Super Woman, Watercolor pastels and Ink pen (c) thefemmeaddon

How to choose and use essential oils

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Finally! As long promised I wrote an article full of information to help You to use and choose essential oils.

CHOOSING

The best way to choose Your essential oil is, to smell it.

The characteristics of an essential oil are summoned in its scent.

The scent should be pleasant to You.

Scents have a direct stimulus on our brain.
If You dislike a scent, it can have a negative stimulus to Your brain and might have a negative effect on You or one that You don`t wish to have. An unpleasant scent can be a  constant unpleasant stimulus to Your brain and therefor turn out to be negative stress.

There might be some organic store or herbal store close to where You live, where You can smell the oil before You buy it.  Some shops have test bottles.

 

If  You don`t have the possibility to smell the essential oil before you buy it, You can choose Your essential oil by

  • its EFFECT
  • its familiar smell because You know the original plant
  • Scent descriptions from different resources
  • Preferences: WHAT DO YOU LIKE/ DISLIKE? e.g. fresh scent, bloomy/flowery scent, wooden/green/conifer scent,  earthy scent, heavy, light, sweet, lemonlike, ….
  • Buy only SMALL AMOUNTS  if You are unsure that You will  like it.

Read more here.

Improved And Confused: An ADD Work Life Day Story

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Yeah I  have done so much today! 🙂

I had a work date real late at 7 pm and needed to prepare a lot before that.

I researched accupuncture points and herbs for recipes for a specific condition.
Not that I havent done that several times, but where did I write that down??? I lost the papers or cant find them. Also every case is different, so I need to do research anyway.

A quick sketch of WHAT A MESS! (c) thefemmeaddon

A quick sketch of WHAT A MESS! (c) thefemmeaddon

But this time I actually did the research AND wrote it down on my computer so at least it is saved on the disc. Improve! Improve! 🙂

Then I felt so professional, when I called up a homeopathic company, to ask them about a specific remedy they make and if it suits to my client needs.

I say I felt professional, cuz it reminded me so much of games, that I used to play when I was a kid.

I had this kids post-office game with different forms, stamps and postage stamps and I loved to get everything sorted,  stamp it, write  and fill out the forms.
Yeah the kid forms to fill out, were easy and fun!:)
…not like the complicated adult forms, where You dont know what they want from You and where- in some cases- you have to be so specific and correct that if you make a mistake you pay a fee or go to jail / hell!!! 😦
I mean, no wonder so many people hate paper work if what you write can have a huge/ scary consequence!

I also loved to play something like a secretary or manager, where I would make  calls, arrange things and dates, order stuff….
Of course I didnt have to check my finances for ordering. Of course none of my calls were real…I talked to an imaginary person.
Of course none of the dates I arranged, I had actually to go to!
That was fun!!!:-)

It is often said, that ADDers should make a game of their tasks. Today  at least the call felt like a game and was fun. Afterwards.
Wanna know how my day went on? Continue reading

Energy Please! Essential Oils And Herbs For ADD/ ADHD: Wake Up Call and Concentration!

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I have been promising since Halloween to write an article about Essentials Oils for Sleep Disorders…and nothing have I written yet about it.

But lately, I feel much more the contrary and  in need of  some Energy, something to wake me up!
Be it because I haven’t slept well the last nights, cuz my cat kept terrorising me for getting more food?
He has been stomach sick for one day only, but is still on some kind of diet with food. That causes him to think he is still starving and dying from hunger and screaming the whole night and scratching on everything he can find!
I finally  gave up today and gave him some cat crackers…

Or is it because of spring time fatigue?
Still beginning of February, but who knows?… Btw… I love it, that the days get longer now again! 🙂

So here is my suggestions, when You feel tired (for whatever reasons) and in the need of some Energetic Superpower!

… For all You quick and short readers: I summarized the qualities of the essential oils in a short list at the end of the article. ;-)

My first suggestion: Get some relaxing sleep!
Ok, that is kind of an easy suggestion and obvious.
And sometimes not possible. ( For me, most times not possible, too much to-do!)

Get some physical exercise. Go for a walk outside in the parc, woods, lake,… or do some Aerobic in your house or silly dancing, jumping around, whatever you feel like.
Physical exercise can increase the dopamin level and happy making endorphin level.

Make sure you are not ill and need to be treated by a physician. Well yes, that is a serious suggestion. Different illnesses , hormone imbalances ( e.g. hypothyreosis) or disorders can lead to tiredness. Most often You can use essential oils safely, together with a medical treatment.

So, you have slept enough, are physical ok. and not always but just now tired and want an

Essential Oil Energetic Boost:

If You are all over the place, can’t sleep and are extremely hyperactive, these oils may not be the best for You, but more some calming oils.
Especially Lemongrass and Rosemary can have a very energizing effect.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus
Lemongrass oil is a  scent with a high energetic level. Like a high tone in music.
Vibrant, stimulant, fresh, of a light green colour.
It is a strong essence that gives a lot of power when tired and exhausted.
So strong that it is a bit like a “shocking” wake up, like a cold shower.
Lemongrass also helps with Concentration and Focusing, esp. with paper work.

Except from the essential oil, You can use fresh or dried Lemongrass as a Herbal Tea. Also a must-have for Thai  and Vietnamese Curries!Yummie! 🙂
Lemongrass has a cooling effect and is used in some countries against fever (e.g.India, in Jamaica it is called Fever Grass).

Lemon

Citrus Limon
Lemon oil is fresh, vitalizing, and has a cheerful, uplifting energy.
Good for Concentration and Focusing on paper work, studies, writing, but also for long car rides.
A study in Japan showed, that the Essence of Lemon in a room, can reduce typos up to 54%!
I should use that more when blogging! So I dont have to recheck all time…

Lemon oil is helpful when you feel tired, but also emotional down.
It gives clarity and a more rational view  in conflicts and difficult emotional situations.
Lemon oil is also a natural antiseptic and desinfection oil.

Peppermint

Mentha x piperita

Ladybug needs some fresh breath? Mint leaves
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Peppermint gives a fresh energetic kick! whenever we feel tired, stuck, burned out or emotional down.
Freshness not only for the breath but also for the mind!

Peppermint is a  cold essence, mixed with a vegetable oil, it can be applied on the head-front and temporal ( avoid eye contact!), when having headaches and migraines– from too much thinking or things going on, for example.
Also helpful when feeling nauseous or stomach sick.
Shouldn’t be used in bath salts or other bath oils= too long exposure, too much cooling off the body! Even in warm water.

Green Mint / Spearmint

Mentha spicata and Mentha spicata var. crispa “Nane”
Also interesting, when you prefer another mint scent that is not so strong and so cold as Peppermint.
Spearmint has a similar effect as Peppermint, but a bit lighter.
One of my favorite essential oils and also Herb for Tea and for food. Continue reading

Suceed with ADHD – Amazing free Teleseminar on ADD / ADHD happening today and tomorrow

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Hey Folks,

This week, I am listening  to an amazing free teleseminar- SUCEED WITH ADHD – hosted by ADHD Coach Laurie Dupar.
There are only two more days left, sorry I haven’t thought about sharing the link, untill just now.
You can register for free online access; if you can’t listen to it live, there is a 24 hour replay available. There is also enough email notification, to not miss the seminars or replays. 😉

Here is the link:

http://succeedwithadhdtelesummit.com/

If you missed the last days, there is also a package available to buy, with all the recordings of the seminars and more additional information bonuses.

I have spend the last evenings and nights and early mornings, it was 8 pm, midnight and 3 am here, when the seminars where happening in the US.
But it was and is worth every minute. So much helpful information for managing ADHD, amazing speakers, interesting topics.

Today and tomorrow there is talk about ( free short description):
Neurology understanding of ADHD Brain, ADHD medication change and reality, Productivity,Focus and Sucess, Entepreneurial ADHD Brain Style, being best Self, Principles for improving Teen’s skills.

Hope You enjoy. 🙂

 

Thursday, August 22nd

11am PST/2pm EST – A Future Vision: A Neuro-Diverse World of Understanding and Acceptance of Unique Possibilities for Individuals with ADHD

3pm PST/6pm EST – How Reality Changes the ADHD Medication Rules

6pm PST/9pm EST – Secrets to Productivity, Focus and Success for Adults with ADD / ADHD

Friday, August 23rd

11am PST/2pm EST – Unlock the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial (ADHD) Brain Style

3pm PST/6pm EST – Three Steps to Taming Your Gremlin® and Being Your Best Self

6pm PST/9pm EST – Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen’s Executive Skills & Motivating Them to Do So

– See more at: http://succeedwithadhdtelesummit.com/#sthash.loYoHfjX.dpuf

Thursday, August 22nd

11am PST/2pm EST – A Future Vision: A Neuro-Diverse World of Understanding and Acceptance of Unique Possibilities for Individuals with ADHD

3pm PST/6pm EST – How Reality Changes the ADHD Medication Rules

6pm PST/9pm EST – Secrets to Productivity, Focus and Success for Adults with ADD / ADHD

Friday, August 23rd

11am PST/2pm EST – Unlock the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial (ADHD) Brain Style

3pm PST/6pm EST – Three Steps to Taming Your Gremlin® and Being Your Best Self

6pm PST/9pm EST – Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen’s Executive Skills & Motivating Them to Do So

– See more at: http://succeedwithadhdtelesummit.com/#sthash.loYoHfjX.dpuf

Thursday, August 22nd

11am PST/2pm EST – A Future Vision: A Neuro-Diverse World of Understanding and Acceptance of Unique Possibilities for Individuals with ADHD

3pm PST/6pm EST – How Reality Changes the ADHD Medication Rules

6pm PST/9pm EST – Secrets to Productivity, Focus and Success for Adults with ADD / ADHD

Friday, August 23rd

11am PST/2pm EST – Unlock the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial (ADHD) Brain Style

3pm PST/6pm EST – Three Steps to Taming Your Gremlin® and Being Your Best Self

6pm PST/9pm EST – Ten Principles for Improving Your Teen’s Executive Skills & Motivating Them to Do So

– See more at: http://succeedwithadhdtelesummit.com/#sthash.loYoHfjX.dpuf

Lemonbalm = Melissae officinalis – helps to calm your mind and belly

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Lemonbalm, Melissae officinalis, is a wonderful lemonlike aromatic herb. Not only bees love this plant, it helps us to calm down and it gives clarity, be it in the daytime when You are too confused
or in the evening to help  calm down the  mind when all those thoughts and to-do’s spin around in your head.

English: Melissa officinalis L.

English: Melissa officinalis L. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Amedee Masclef

This plant can help you to get to sleep and have wonderful dreams. 😉

Melissa also helps when your digestive system is up and down, when your worries or stress is hitting on your stomach and you feel sick. Continue reading