Hey y’all… Today we’re talking about my favorite thing ever… BOOKS! Specifically, the Top 5 books that helped me as a woman with ADHD. Bonus, none of them are specifically about ADHD. They’re all just ways to change your mindset. So you can become more productive and creative… basically, become that amazingly atypical woman you’re just dying to become!
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Oh-Tay! Without further ado… My top 5 ADHD books for women
ADHD Book 1: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
I haven’t even finished this one yet, and it has completely changed my life. With The Artist’s Way, I have tapped into levels of personal creativity I never thought possible. I’m learning to truly love myself and all my parts.
One of the biggest problems we ADHDers have is beating ourselves up about things. The world beats us up, and then we compound it ourselves. This book will teach you how to be nice to yourself and so much more… If you’ve ever wanted to do anything creative but felt inadequate or like you don’t have a creative bone in your body… This is the book for you!
Book 2: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Like The Artist’s Way, this book teaches you to be kinder to yourself but in a different way. My biggest take away was in discovering the power in vulnerability. I used to hate being vulnerable and avoided it like the plague. It always made me feel weak to be vulnerable.
This book taught me that I couldn’t truly connect with others without being vulnerable. As humans, we need to connect with each other to survive. It’s why I share so openly about my struggles with ADHD. I want to connect and hopefully help others navigate the choppy waters of this disorder. So if you struggle to open up to others (which a lot of us do… it’s the imposter syndrome), then this ADHD book will be right up your alley!
ADHD Book 3: Perfect Daughters by Robert Ackerman
Perfect Daughters is definitely not an ADHD book. It’s for women who grew up in dysfunctional or alcoholic families. I included it because, for those of us with ADHD that also grew up in dysfunctional families, this is a Godsend. It taught me so much about myself and my perfectionism.
It can be a bit of a challenging read because it feels like someone stepped into your life and describes it to you… The first step in recovery is admitting there’s a problem… basically, you have to get to know yourself… this book will help you do that if you’re like me.
Book 4: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
Again, this book helps you to be kinder to yourself using the power of positive self-talk. I read this many years ago, and it was the first time I was introduced to self-talk. I was so enamored with the idea I ended up devouring everything I could find on the topic…
But this was the first, and I still refer back to it from time to time. If you are someone who is constantly telling yourself what you can’t do instead of what you can… I’ma need you to read this book. It will boost your confidence and make you a much happier and more productive person… Really, there’s no downside here!
ADHD Book 5: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
If you haven’t heard of the 7 habits, then I may be inclined to believe that you’ve been living under a rock… Okay, that’s not fair… you could simply have no children, never attended college, and avoid self-help books that aren’t titled “The Bible.” Wait… you could also be older than Gen X, and I’d let you slide… The rest of you UNDER 👏🏾 A 👏🏾 ROCK👏🏾 🤦🏾♀️
But I digress… Let’s just say the 7 habits are amazeballs and can be applied to literally ANYTHING!!! They use them in schools, in businesses, and even in the Army. That’s how life-altering these little habits are. The best part is… it’s a super easy read, AND the habits are easy to implement. So go read about them right now and feel free to thank me later… You’re welcome in advance 🎤 drop!
🎤 pick-up… That was premature… Sorry, got carried away for a moment. Anywho… All 5 of these fantastic books have had drastic effects on my life. I’m hoping they will have the same impact on yours and that you’ll be much better off for having read them.
For reals though… you need to get to reading, and if you’re too busy or too squirrely to sit and read… all of them have an audio version on Audible. I listened to Perfect Daughters and The Gifts of Imperfection fairly recently. You won’t regret it!