ADHD and the Sorcerer's Bra!
Hello and good day BBs!
So a while back I posted that I was diagnosed with several mental health conditions that I was still figuring out. For those that missed it, earlier this year, after a nudge from my therapist, I was assessed and diagnosed with ADHD, Avoidant Personality Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. I lived so much life struggling thinking that I was lazy or not good enough somehow, all the while it was real shit going on mentally that was making shit spicy. After learning about my conditions, my besties, and being able to identify some of my triggers I wanted to know more, so I did what any self-respecting millennial would do, I went straight to social media. To be more specific, I went straight to the source of everything, I went to fucking TikTok because that bitch knows everything about EVERYTHING!
So if you've spent time on TikTok you know at the very least you're going to hear some piping hot tea, see the same dances over and over again, and you're going to learn some shit, and my good bitch has yet to disappoint in those arenas. Because I’m new to the whole ADHD life and simultaneously figuring out what some of the symptoms are that have been affecting me, the firsthand accounts of other neurodivergent people’s experiences is validating in a way I didn’t even know I needed. One of the things that knees me right in the balls are the tips they share, though, 'cause girl!
Now, of course I welcome any and all helpful and realistic tips or hacks that can make my life more efficient. However, it pisses me off that some of the shit is so simple that it’s almost insulting I hadn’t thought of it sooner. I’m talking things so simple, like, understanding that object permanence is a big issue and if you don’t see a thing that sum’bitch just don’t exist to me. With this in mind organizing your groceries according to what’s most visible instead of what typically goes where, was a game changer for me. Instead of putting all the produce in the drawers, put them in the door or on an open rack where you see I every time you open it. Thus, making the likelihood of food going bad, because you forgot you even had it, less likely. Genius!
There have been so many tips and tricks I've come across, some are great some not so much, but I think I’ve found the thing that keeps the ADHD paralysis at bay. A bra! Now I know it sounds crazy but hear my out m’kay? Another common hack that’s bounced around is if you have something to get done, wear shoes, that way it signals to the brain that you have things to do. In wearing shoes you’re not so comfortable to where you forget to do the thing because your brain has clocked out for the day. However, the black ass mama in me cringes at the thought of shoes all over my carpet tracking god-knows-what all over my house.
What I realized was that a bra does the exact same thing for me minus the ick. For those that have never been blessed in this way, one of the best feelings after a day of doing things is coming home and snatching off that bra and letting the girls frolic and roam free. Sweet Jesus there's nothing better!
So if I need to stay motivated to get things done on my to-do list, I have to put on a bra. It signals to my brain that we have shit to do, and the bra doesn’t come off until all the available energy to do tasks is gone. There is no pushing through once that dopamine train derails bitch, you might as well hang it up, but something will get done is my point.
My day is filled with plenty of brain trickery just to do simple everyday things and it can be overwhelming at times with all of the active processing happening. However, I’m primarily writing this to share a glimpse of what it’s like living in my brain on a day-to-day basis… And if weaponizing my bra for the greater good of my schedule and sanity keeps me from feeling the guilt-induced anxiety over everything I need to do but forgot to do, we are strapping these tiddies TF down for the duration! Amen? Amen!
Anywho so yes, that’s my top tier, bad bitch ADHD hack that’s been saving my ass lately, a bra. If you’re one of the girls that free the nip as a lifestyle this may not be for you, but if you need a productivity boost and you’re a part of the neuro-spicy alphabet club, try it out. Now if I could just find the perfect hack for this damn time management, bitch, you already know what time I’ma be on...
Anyway, stay hydrated, love yourselves, and throw that ass in a circle no matter how big or how small, because releasing trauma from our hips will deliver us all!
And that’s on Dr. Seuss. Have Friday! 🙃
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