Hormonal changes connected to menopause can make every woman feel like she has ADHD because forgetting or losing things and having a fuzzy brain can be the norm. And if you do have attention deficit disorder, you may find that your symptoms worsen as you approach menopause.
You may have been able to manage your challenges pretty well before, but now you are dealing with a combination of hormonal changes and new life circumstances that, depending on your experiences, can feel disconcerting and even depressing. If you’ve been especially close with your kids, it can be devastating to face an empty nest even though you want them to be independent and on their own. Your parents may be facing illness or disability and you may find that roles are reversed as you care for them or hire the right kind of home care. Trying to work and take care of details for parents, especially if they are needing to move into a more supportive living situation, can feel overwhelming and it’s a lot to keep track of.
On top of family responsibilities and changes, some women are making career decisions as well – should they continue progressing at their current occupation, maintain the status quo until they can retire, change careers, or retire now? If you have a little extra time or need something to take you away from all the stress and details of life, maybe this is the time to be more creative and develop your skills in an art or craft. As an ADHD coach who found myself in all of the situations above, I decided to learn fused glass as a creative outlet after my kids left home.
Working with a life coach who understands how ADD/ADHD affects women can be a great help during mid-life and even later. As well as teaching you strategies for time management, organization,and lessening procrastination, a coach can help you work on reducing useless distractions that keep you from a more meaningful life. Coaching can help you find ways to reduce stress and take care of yourself, which you may find has the added benefit of reducing ADHD symptoms. Most importantly, coaching can help you reevaluate your life and realize the possibilities, new goals, and opportunities for increasing happiness that still lie ahead. If you would like a complimentary consultation to learn how ADHD coaching can help you, please fill out the form below. Thanks!