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Coronavirus Pandemic & Your ADHD Creativity

The Coronavirus Pandemic Needs Your ADHD Creativity

Calling all creatives and out of the box thinkers!
If you are following me and reading this then that is YOU.
We are in a time that calls for us to tap into our inner creative energy to navigate through our current world crisis.
How do we respond to our duty to protect our vulnerable and go about our daily business while minimizing the hysteria?
What can we do to slow our movement and isolate ourselves yet remain productive in our career paths while managing our anxiety?
How do stay engaged with our family, friends and co-workers and protect ourselves while managing our fears?
The way we handle the stress that the pandemic is causing our world will determine how we recover from the overall effect it is currently having on ALL OF OUR LIVES.
This demonstrates more than ever our ONE WORLD ECONOMY and need for global solutions.
When times have been tough in my life whether it be in work, child rearing or personal matters, I got through many days with this mantra.

“This Too Shall Pass.”

It gave me a sense of calm and foresight that there was a light at the end of the tunnel of this Coronavirus Pandemic. (COVID-19)
How can we CREATIVELY steer our lives NOW in the most sensible direction for when it does pass?
Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about. Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose. Exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. AND follow at instagram.com/razcoaching for daily motivations

You Do You and Be A Frootloop

You Do You!
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Embrace all of what makes you unique and go with it.
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It is precisely this mentality that will allow you to excel and shine in this very competitive world.
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But HOW? It is so hard when my whole life I have been told to act a certain way or do a certain thing.
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Tip:
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Go on a mental journey to when you were young enough to not care what you did or how you acted and get in touch with what your innate interests and personality was like then.
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Often you here people refer to successful people like this….
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”They always were doing ________ .
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From a young age they had ___________interests.
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Fill in the blank with what that was for you!
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For me, you could find me wandering around our blackberry infested backyard eating the plump fruit while building intricate villages out of random sticks, leaves and insects I found.
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I was building my world and creating for hours.
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I still have this desire to create and be in touch with nature and incorporate it into my work.
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What about you? What makes you wonderfully different?
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You Do You
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Be A Frootloop in a bowl of Cheerios!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose. Exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. AND follow at instagram.com/razcoaching for daily motivations

Your ADHD  Mind Needs This

Your ADHD  Mind, Body & Soul Needs You To Get Outside!

Spring is around the corner and is the perfect time for exploring the great outdoors; camping, swimming, running or any sport that gets you outside.   Make this season the most by using this opportune time to delve into activities that utilize excess energy so common with ADHD. It may just benefit your ability to focus as well. This is great advice for all and especially for people the ADHD mind.

Exercise has a positive effect on harnessing the ability to focus on things that may appear mundane to people with ADHD. Through diet and exercise, certain feel good hormones, endorphins, are released that may help someone with ADHD focus on the tasks they do not enjoy.  So, start enjoying this spring lots of outdoor or physical activities.

Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,”….. “On a practical level, it causes one to be less impulsive, which makes them more primed to learn.

Finding the right routine may be the key to developing a long-term exercise commitment. List activities you feel may be something you could enjoy.  It is always helpful to see what activities would be a natural fit  by taking into account body size and type.  There are fun online quizzes to test your interests and body type in choosing a new activity such as doctoroz.com/quiz

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges  find careers they  love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  Exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately. AND follow at instagram.com/razcoaching for daily motivations.

 

ADHD Life Coach Addiction & Recovery

ADHD Life Coach Addiction Recovery Helps Find Your Special

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.  An ADHD life coach for addiction can help.

Addiction is a situation where both mind and body are suffering tremendously. So, it is  unrealistic to expect an addict to have the discipline and will to fight their drug addiction. They need external resources.

Addiction Life Coaching is a form of “Recovery Coaching”
  1. Support around recovery efforts
  2. Constant positive reinforcement
  3. Decision making guidance
  4. Life Style management

Studies show that recovery with the presence of a coach helps and a third person element that is neither too close to the addict nor a judgmental figure is best.   Coaches help  relearn and refocus the decision making impulses through structure and strategies.

People in recovery need  support from peers, family and society members  for remission.

A life coach helps bring all the pieces together with these benefits
  • Boosting inspiration to success
  • Managing day to day life stressors
  • Managing life style changes
  • Accountability to the recovery plan

A life coach sets the pattern for recovery and provides support along the way.

In this episode listen to Coach Raz get it all out there with an in depth talk and analysis.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase  book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

Disability Accommodations On The Job

Disability Accommodations Employers Can Implement 
Promote Self Advocacy on the job

In this episode hear how you can ask for reasonable disability accommodations at your job.

Executive Function Challenges are associated with many disabilities.  ADHD is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is not asking too much for adjustments to support a worker’s needs reasonably.

Employers can encourage new mentored employees to identify would be a reasonable accommodation for them.

Many people are afraid to ask for a quiet workspace or help to break down large jobs into smaller chunks.  Most employers would be happy for such a simple accommodation!

Challenges Employers Face and  Disability Accommodations Employers Can Easily Act on

Create an open line of communication that is safe and free of judgment to promote mentored to feel comfortable asking for help and advice.  Discuss some common ways to manage problems employees may have, such as the ones below:

  • Asking for help
    We all need help from time to time, and it’s important not to be afraid to ask for it. Encourage the mentored if they have disruptive thoughts or behaviors to ask a counselor if they have any ideas they can try that could help them control them.
  • Stress Management on the job to reduce anxiety

    When they feel overwhelmed or frustrated, encourage them to seek advice right away.   Or try sharing ways to self-calm like breathing techniques.  The box breathing method of breathing in slowly for three counts, holding your breath for three counts and then releasing your breath for three counts for up to 10 minutes is a good one. This is a common technique to calm people down and gain focus.
  • Distraction tips
    Does your company have an area that people who need a quiet space can go to?   Encourage your mentored to use that space if he/she needs help focusing without distractions.  Headphones can be a significant noise canceler and provide a physical reminder of your concentration goal.  You could encourage them to bring in a fidget toy such as a fidget spinner or rubric’s cube.  It is proven that physical movement can help while trying to concentrate.  Doodle!  Writing notes and doodling while in a meeting can help you pay attention.
  • Mentoring for motivation tip

    Create a short goal and set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes. Commit to focus on 1 task and accept whatever you got accomplished. When the time is up, regroup and set another goal and reset the timer. Keep this up for as long as it takes to feel accomplished. I have seen clients who use this and after the first 10 minutes, they have enough motivation to keep going and often end up in a hyper-focus mode and really accomplish a lot!

You might just help more than the intern employee too. 

Since all employees can exhibit similar challenges experienced by someone with executive function challenges such as  ADHD at different times of their lives, these strategies can have a positive effect on all trained employees within the company.  By providing the structure and framework to handle executive function challenges for all, you will have a smoother running company with employees who have the knowledge and strategies to work through workplace challenges as they arise and feel connected to their workplace.

Work to train and retain your recruits!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges and find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

The Neuro Diverse Employee Podcast

It is a common trait for neuro-diverse people to be employed in part-time work.  They may have low pay jobs that lead to low disposable income and poor job stability. It is affecting our workplace in a big way. Research shows that graduates from university are reporting a disabiity at a rate of nearly 20 percent.

it is highly probable that someone with neurodiversity struggles with comorbid conditions.  This includes anxiety and depression.  It leaves the person with frustration, low motivation and overwhelming thoughts with how to “get it together” in a career and life.

BUT it does not need to be this way.

Just as the weaknesses can derail ambitions of long-term employment, strengths one may develop through their disability can have a positive affect.   It can soar the employee far above others in the work environment.

Executive Functions

I work with a large population that has challenges with executive functions.  These challenges include  time management, emotional regulations, procrastination, organization and motivation.

I notice is that when a person with these challenges likes something, they have a laser-like focus, attention span and drive like no other.

The focus often propels them so far into the knowledge base of a topic that they become self-taught experts. With the right strategies, tools and mentoring, they can be the shining star of a company. Often, they are just the very person capably of turning a failing business around with fresh ideas, well thought out visions and the drive to make it happen!

Your company can take advantage of this during the hiring process and current training programs for neuro diverse people
Train To Retain

A sound employee apprenticeship or intern mentoring program can foster the positive attributes of all future employees by establishing a well-thought-out best practice training plan.  I suggest creating a strong program with boundaries, routines and clear expectations with high accountability.

You will you help potential recruits develop their strengths as an intern employee.  It will also foster a kind of work environment that promotes community and self-empowerment.  The result is a win-win for company productivity, lowering overall training costs and developing strong skillsets for future employees.

A well-defined training program for all employees will empower recruits to perform with the company’s best interests in mind.

Current treatment trends of stimulant and non-stimulant medications are proven to help people with executive function challenges in the workplace.  But,  it is when behavioral changes happen that empowerment for the employee begins to shift.

Your program can help promote this shift in the neuro diverse employee.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about .  Or sign up for the weekly blog. Or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  You can access exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.