Getting Adult ADHD's Hyper Brain Under Control: Level I Hyperactivity
Wow - I wish I knew how to do that, don't you!?!?! No, seriously, I'm not very good at consistently getting my hyper brain under control, but I have a few strategies that have worked in the past. My Adult ADHD brain is a monster sometimes and it needs to be fed a weasel or two to be satisfied. Bear in mind, the weasel is a vegan mock-weasel.Before strategies, let's discuss the 4 Levels of Hyperactivity.
Level 1: Slightly hyper; "under control hyper", productivehyper
Level 2: Slightly more hyper; starting to get off-task hyper
Level 3: VERY hyper; VERY off-task
Level 4: You cannot be calmed down, you cannot stop bouncing around, go call your doctor.
Feeding the Adult ADHD hyper-monster the weasel entails this: APPEASING THE HYPER MONSTER. If your hyperness is at an "under control" level, then just give into it. You will get some of your best work done in this head-space. You do not feed the monster in order to make the monster go away. I repeat, this does NOT get the monster to go away. This will keep the monster satisfied so you can get your work done.
How does one "feed the monster"?
Make a list-weasel. See, I told you they were vegan mock-weasels. This one is made of paper!
Monsters love lists; lists keep a monster happy. When you have X, Y, Z and maybe even Q to get done and you're feeling your monster kick up (heart racing a little, thoughts racing a little), feed the monster with the list-weasel. Sit down and quickly jot your list - this should be done quickly so as to not get off tasks during list-weasel creation.
Next, follow the list! You have just brought structure to your hyperness and the structure must be adhered to. If not, monster will get extra hungry and the list-weasel will no longer suffice.
Call a friend-weasel. This weasel is also made of words, but in the air words versus paper words.
When you name an emotions or state of mind, its power over you drains. When I'm super hyper, sometimes I call my wife and tell her: "Hey, my brain is racy and foggy. I have about a billion things to do and I want to do them all NOW." She lets me know that she "hears me" and reminds me that I do not have to get it all done right now. Totally makes me feel better and makes my hyper time feel less alone.
Do you have any good Level I Hyperactivity strategies?
Next, we tackle Level 2 Hyperactivity.
Prager, E. (2013, April 22). Getting Adult ADHD's Hyper Brain Under Control: Level I Hyperactivity, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2013/04/getting-adult-adhds-hyper-brain-under-control-level-1-hyperactivit