People with ADHD often find themselves in a unique position when it comes to staying socially connected. It can be difficult to make friends, keep up with conversations, and focus on what’s being said—all while trying not to be too distracted. But don’t worry! There are plenty of strategies that can help make connecting to others a bit easier. Let’s take a look at some tips for staying socially connected if you have ADHD.
Figure Out Who Your Key Contacts Are and Prioritize Time for Them
The first step is to figure out who your key contacts are and prioritize time for them. This could include close family members, friends, colleagues, or anyone else you feel comfortable enough to talk to about personal matters.
Try scheduling regular catch-ups with these people in order to stay up-to-date with their lives and events, as well as create the opportunity for meaningful conversations. You can also consider setting aside 10 minutes each day just for texting them or catching up on social media posts.
Mix Up the Type of Activities You Do When Spending Time Together
It’s also important to mix up the type of activities you do when spending time together, such as going for a walk or playing board games instead of meeting in larger groups or attending loud parties. Changing things up will help prevent boredom and keep your conversations fresh and interesting. Depending on how anxious you get in certain situations, this could be especially useful if you tend to get overwhelmed by more social environments like clubs and bars.
Having Supportive Friendships is Essential
Finally, remember that having strong supportive friendships is essential for healthy living—and it’s even more important if you have ADHD because it gives you an outlet away from work or school stressors. So don’t forget to take care of yourself (mentally, physically, emotionally), invest in relationships that make sense for your life right now, and have fun!
Everyone needs support from their friends and loved ones—especially those who have ADHD—so don’t throw in the towel just yet!
Socializing may never be second nature to you but with some helpful strategies like figuring out who your key contacts are and mixing up the types of activities you do when spending time together, staying connected won't seem so daunting after all!
By taking small steps towards building relationships, maintaining friendships will become easier over time—and eventually become part of your daily routine. Good luck!