6 Ways People With ADHD Can Revisit Their 2022 Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are difficult enough on their own, but they can be especially hard for people like Dani Donovan*, a cathartic illustrator who lives with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Individuals diagnosed with ADHD often have difficulty staying focused, are easily distracted, and feel restless.

*Dani Donovan is a paid consultant for Takeda.

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This year, Dani, who creates unfiltered comics that capture the highs and lows of ADHD, took a different approach to New Year’s resolutions: What if, instead of trying to change herself, she made peace with who she is and set realistic intentions? In partnership with Takeda, we talked to Dani to determine six ways people with ADHD can rethink New Year’s resolutions.

1. Quit Dwelling on Resolutions of Your Past

It’s time to forgive yourself for not following through with resolutions of New Year’s past. “It’s okay that you didn’t read a book every month, or cook at home more, or whatever you promised yourself you’d do more of this year,” Dani says. “Residual guilt can make it harder to move forward, especially for people with ADHD who have a hard time staying focused and lack attention to detail.”