Hi! So, as a kid I could spend all day at school and then several hours in theater rehearsal (a 12-hour day) and never noticed any major physical or emotional strain, but now, as a 26yo, I feel like I can't work an 8-hour day (I work as a barista) without feeling really mentally drained. Could this be an ADHD thing? Is it my job? Both?? .. I feel like I should be able to work a normal workweek but I'm afraid I'll never be able to. Do you/other followers have any advice for me? Thanks!
I think it’s probably a combination. Where I expect ADHD is coming in is that at school, you change subjects regularly so you aren’t doing the same thing for hours at a time. Even then, when you went to theatre rehearsal, you weren’t there for eight hours. As a barista, you’re having to interact with the public, remember how to make drinks and then make them, and numerous other tasks that require executive functioning, working memory, social skills, emotional control, decisions… plus the physical demands of being on your feet all day. I’m not surprised it tires you out!
I wonder how many breaks you get and how long they are, and what you do during them? Making adjustments there could really help you get through your day feeling stronger and more on top of things.
Followers, do any of you do this kind of work? What helps you manage?