At first glance, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and positive thinking don’t have anything to do with each other. However, many people with ADD develop negative thinking patterns when we have feelings of overwhelm and become frustrated with our challenges. This negative outlook makes it harder for people to manage our challenges and move forward.

By practicing positive thinking a person with ADD is able to focus on our accomplishments and strengths, which increases their motivation and happiness. This allows us to spend time making progress and less time feeling stuck or down. These tips can give you practical suggestions that can be used to shift your mind into a more positive way of thinking.

  1. Take Care of Yourself

It’s easier to remain positive when you’re well-rested, physically active and eating healthy foods.

  1. Remember the Things You’re Grateful For

Life’s challenges and daily stress won’t seem as bad when you take the time to remember the positive things in your life, the things you’re grateful for. Take 60 seconds each day to stop and appreciate the things that make a difference in your life.

  1. Don’t Make Assumptions, Look for Proof

Many people experience fears, such as worries about not being liked or accepted. These fears can lead us to make assumptions about what others are thinking or feelings. However, these fears are not reality.

If you believe a family member or friend is in a bad mood because of your actions, or that a co-worker is spreading gossip about you behind your back, ask them. Speak up and stop wasting time worrying about how you think they feel. Don’t worry unless you have proof there’s something to worry about.

  1. Don’t Use Absolutes

Have you ever said “You’re ALWAYS late!” to your partner or complained that your friend never calls you? When you think in absolutes like “never” and “always” it can make a situation appear worse than it is. This negative thinking programs your brain into thinking that some people are incapable of delivering on their promises.

  1. Detach Yourself From Negative Thoughts

If you don’t judge your thoughts, they can’t hold any power over you. If you continually have negative thoughts, you should detach yourself from it, and stop following it.

  1. Squash the “ANTs”

Dr. Daniel Amen, in his book “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” talks about Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs). These bad thoughts are usually reactionary thoughts.

For example, “If the boss wants to see me, it must be bad!” or “If those people are laughing, they’re talking about me!” When you notice these thoughts, you must recognize them for what they are. Then you can squash the ANTs.

  1. Practice Lovin’, Touchin’ and Squeezin’ with Your Family and Friends

You don’t need to be an expert to know how beneficial a good hug can be. Positive physical contact with your loved ones, friends and pets can be an instant pick-me-up.

In one of the research studies on this subject, a waitress touched some of her customer on their arm when she gave them the check. The customers she touched left higher tips than those that she did not touch.

  1. Increase Your Social Activity

When you increase your social activity, you decrease your loneliness. If you surround yourself with happy, healthy people, their positive energy will have a positive effect on you.

  1. Help Another Person or Volunteer for an Organization

After helping someone, most people feel good. You can volunteer your resources, money, or time. The more positive energy you release into the world, the more positive energy you’ll receive.

  1. Combat Rumination with Pattern Interrupts

If you ruminate, pattern interruptions are a good way to stop it. You can force yourself to do something different. Rumination is similar to negative hyperfocus. It’s not productive because it’s not solution-oriented or rational. It’s excessive worry.

A change in physical environments, like sitting outside or going for a walk can work well as a pattern interrupt. You can also turn on some music, pick up a book, or call a friend.

In the corporate world, protocol is a religion. There are certain things that are needed for productivity. However, it’s interaction and a steady mind that creates true productivity. There are some who work well under pressure, however, this is not common. Humans are imperfect.

It’s hard to not allow things like stress to get under our skins. However, ignoring these issues don’t help to solve the problem. It takes the courage to admit that we’re not all workaholics who thrive on stress and competition. However, most people find it easier to just tell themselves that they’re not doing their best.