Individuals with ADHD may sometimes find it difficult to focus on a particular task, whether at school, work or at home. By extension, this may also influence their ability to sit and process their emotions, as holding space for one's feelings for greater periods of time might seem to be an insurmountable task.
Fortunately, it has been noted that the act of writing may help individuals with processing their emotions and experiences. For writing is a highly dynamic and yet, introspective endeavour. In some ways, it may be said that it could serve as a re-iteration of the therapeutic alliance between a therapist and a client. Only, this time it occurs between an individual and all the parts of their inner worlds.
However, sometimes it can be hard for people with ADHD to sit down and write. Getting started, getting distracted, getting lost in one’s thoughts, getting overwhelmed, or getting frustrated are just a few feelings that may come up. Here are some tips to help combat ADHD writers block and maximize your chance for success:
A note from our friends at Letters to Strangers
Letters to Strangers, the world's biggest youth-run mental health NGO, pioneered their wildly used letter writing intervention.
Its premise is simple – a group of people are brought into a room and tasked with writing a letter to a stranger. They are given a mental health-related theme and a set of guiding questions to accompany them on this journey and, above all, are encouraged to be vulnerable, supportive and loving in their writing.
As James Baldwin once said:
“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
Ever since its inception in 2013, the letter writing intervention has spread throughout the six continents and has been impacting countless individuals on a daily basis.
For we believe that (letter) writing can facilitate the process of uncovering and accepting one’s own true self, at both ends of the letter.
If this sounds interesting to you and would like to know more, please do reach out to Dan Kanceljak (Chief Outreach Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, Letters to Strangers are currently looking for ambassadors for their first-ever mental health study. If you would like to join and contribute to helping more people, please click here. For the other exciting opportunities with Letters to Strangers, please click here.
At the end of the day, both Shimmer and Letters to Strangers await to help you navigate your inner worlds. They are both aware that it is not easy to reach out but urge you to know that you are not alone.
They are here to help.
This post was a collaboration between Shimmer (Molisha Shah, Shimmer, Founders Associate Intern) & Letters to Strangers (Dan Kanceljak, Letters to Strangers, Chief Outreach Officer)
Dan is the Chief Outreach Officer at Letters to Strangers, where he is committed to raising awareness regarding the importance of mental health as well as improving access to quality mental health treatments. Recently, Dan has earned a Masters degree in Psychology of Mental Health, which has only further strengthened his ability and resolve to ameliorate the lives of those around him.