Episode 149: Simple Steps to Organize Your ADHD Life With Lisa Woodruff

Episode 149: Simple Steps to Organize Your ADHD Life With Lisa Woodruff

In this episode Lisa takes us through her systems and why they work so well for ADHDers, shares the script she taught her own children to use when they’re feeling overwhelmed by where to start, and explains why we need to stop using our incredible computer brains as to-do lists. Lisa believes we should all be spending as little time as possible doing household work so we can live our unique callings in life and I couldn’t agree more.

EP. 149: Simple Steps to Organize Your ADHD Life with Lisa Woodruff

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Many listeners and A-OK students have suggested I invite author Lisa Woodruff onto the podcast, and after this incredible conversation with her it's clear why they were so insistent.

Episode 148: ADHD and Sleep: Beyond the Boring Strategies

Episode 148: ADHD and Sleep: Beyond the Boring Strategies

In this episode I cover not only the latest research behind why sleep is so important to our functioning and learning, but I also provide some concrete sleep strategies that are geared toward the ADHD brain, such as connecting positive emotion with getting into bed on time. Like all things ADHD, once we know why we’re struggling with these habits we can start to find workarounds and implement sustainable systems that allow us to be successful.

EP. 148: ADHD and Sleep: Beyond the Boring Strategies

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Normally (and ironically) there's nothing that makes me fall asleep faster than talking about proper sleep hygiene. However, the more I learn about sleep's impact on our overall health and our ADHD symptoms specifically, the more I realize how crucial it is for ADHDers to make good sleep a priority.

Episode 147: ADHD and Resilience with Juliana Hock

Episode 147: ADHD and Resilience with Juliana Hock

My guest this week, Juliana Hock, gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘resilient’. Seriously, this woman does not give up on herself; Juliana recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a realtor after 12 attempts at the Real Estate exam. Her difficulty with written tests is something I know many ADHDers can relate to, but where many people would have given up Juliana pushed through, knowing that once she overcame the hurdle of passing that exam she would thrive in the job itself.

EP. 147: ADHD and Resilience with Juliana Hock

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. My guest this week, Juliana Hock, gives a whole new meaning to the word 'resilient'. Seriously, this woman does not give up on herself; Juliana recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a realtor after 12 attempts at the Real Estate exam.

Episode 146: Simple Strategies For Being on Time and Planning Better

Episode 146: Simple Strategies For Being on Time and Planning Better

In our last episode we discovered why our ADHD brains struggle with time so much. Understanding this ‘why’ provides us with a foundation for building long-lasting time management skills, so make sure to listen to Episode #145 first if you haven’t already! Now that we have our ‘why,’ the next step is to figure out how to develop a more effective and less stressful relationship with time. In this episode I’ll give you some concrete strategies to help you work with your brain’s natural flow rather than struggling against it. When we learn how to pause, check in with our bodies, stare down our discomfort, create a plan based on history, and celebrate our accomplishments, we can stop waiting for the perfect time to feel inspired and instead we can start creating it ourselves.

EP. 146: Simple Strategies For Being on Time and Planning Better

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. In our last episode we discovered why our ADHD brains struggle with time so much. Understanding this 'why' provides us with a foundation for building long-lasting time management skills, so make sure to listen to Episode #145 first if you haven't already!

Episode 145: Why is Time So Difficult For Our ADHD Brains?

Episode 145: Why is Time So Difficult For Our ADHD Brains?

What is it about our ADHD brains that causes so much difficulty with time and what can we do about it? Executive function plays a role, but like most of our ADHD challenges there are also other factors that, when combined, can make time awareness feel downright impossible. In this episode I’ll take you through the contributors to time blindness, such as emotional regulation and working memory, because the more we understand why we do what we do the more successfully we can tackle the problem.

Ep. 145: Why is Time So Difficult For Our ADHD Brains?

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. What is it about our ADHD brains that causes so much difficulty with time and what can we do about it? Executive function plays a role, but like most of our ADHD challenges there are also other factors that, when combined, can make time awareness feel downright impossible.

Episode 144: 7 New Ways to Biohack Your ADHD Brain and Stop Rumination NOW

Why is it that a single negative comment can ruin my entire day, even amongst a sea of otherwise positive feedback? Our ability to hyperfocus is one of our greatest ADHD strengths, but if that hyperfocus gets ahold of a negative thought it can send us into a spiral of shame and self-doubt that feels impossible to break out of. In this episode, I’ll give you 7 unusual, research-based strategies to help you tune into your body, get out of your head, and calm your nervous system when you find yourself ruminating on thoughts that don’t serve you.

EP. 144: 7 New Ways to Biohack Your ADHD Brain and Stop Rumination NOW

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Why is it that a single negative comment can ruin my entire day, even amongst a sea of otherwise positive feedback?

Episode 143: It’s Usually Not Just ADHD with Educational Diagnostician Laurie Peterson

Join me for another wonderful conversation with Laurie as she provides an overview of the different learning disabilities that can co-occur with ADHD, explains why whole-picture interventions are so important, and dispels some common myths surrounding learning disabilities. Hint: It has nothing to do with intelligence.🐿⭐️

EP. 143: It's Usually Not Just ADHD With Educational Diagnostician, Laurie Peterson

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. My son Markus has always been incredibly introspective and self-aware, so when, even after receiving ADHD accommodations and visual processing intervention he felt there was still something else going on, I believed him.

Episode 142: ADHD, Nutrition and Intuitive Eating with Becca King

‘Intuitive eating’ is a term we hear more and more these days, but in a culture where restrictive diets are king, the concept of listening to your own body may seem foreign and even “woo woo.” My guest this week, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becca King, admits that she also thought intuitive eating was pretty “woo woo” when she first heard about it, but after closer examination, she discovered that intuitive eating wasn’t too out there at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite: intuitive eating helped Becca heal her relationship with food and her own body and started her on a path to help others, specifically those with ADHD, heal those relationships too.

EP. 142: ADHD, Nutrition and Intuitive Eating with Becca King

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. 'Intuitive eating' is a term we hear more and more these days, but in a culture where restrictive diets are king, the concept of listening to your own body may seem foreign and even "woo woo."

Episode 141: Laundry, House Cleaning, and an ADHD-Friendly Refrigerator with Struggle Care’s KC Davis

When licensed professional therapist, author, and speaker KC Davis first began a self and home-care TikTok account, she didn’t intend to make ADHD content. In fact, she didn’t even know she had ADHD at the time, she just knew her unique brain required equally unique systems in order for her to stay on top of home care tasks. When KC’s content inevitably ended up on the ADHD side of TikTok, her number of followers exploded. So many people with ADHD related to her content and found success with her systems that KC decided to get an evaluation and confirmed that she does indeed have ADHD

EP. 141: Laundry, House Cleaning, and an ADHD-Friendly Refrigerator with Struggle Care's KC Davis

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. When licensed professional therapist, author, and speaker KC Davis first began a self and home-care TikTok account, she didn't intend to make ADHD content.

Episode 140: ADHD and Relationships with Melissa Orlov

This week I break my cardinal rule of only interviewing women with ADHD on the podcast, which should tell you just how strongly I believe in author and marriage consultant Melissa Orlov’s work. Melissa may not have ADHD herself, but her daughter does, which is exactly what prompts Melissa to learn as much about ADHD as she possibly can. She dove deep into the research, even working alongside renowned ADHD expert, Dr. Edward Hallowell, one of my only other guest to break the podcast rule (go back to Episode 106 to listen to his insightful interview).

EP. 140: ADHD and Relationships With Melissa Orlov

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. This week I break my cardinal rule of only interviewing women with ADHD on the podcast, which should tell you just how strongly I believe in author and marriage consultant Melissa Orlov's work.

Episode 139: ADHD, Authenticity and Not Fitting In with Trendsetting Hairstylist and Educator Jayne Matthews

Join me this week as educator and trendsetting hairstylist Jayne Matthews and I discuss the importance of blazing new paths rather than trying to fit in, how to be okay with not being great at everything, and some favorite ADHD workarounds.

EP. 139: ADHD, Authenticity and Not Fitting In with Trendsetting Hairstylist and Educator Jayne Matthews

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. When Covid hit the U.S. in 2020 and hair salons all across the country shut down, more and more people started taking the scissors into their own hands, often with disastrous results.

Episode 138: ADHD and Vertical Heterophoria with ADHD expert and author René Brooks

This week I’m sitting down with ADHD expert, author and coach René Brooks to talk about Vertical Heterophoria -- a little-known eye condition that, when René stumbled upon the diagnosis by happenstance, changed everything for her. While René is grateful that she was able to find relief from a lifetime of headaches and neck pain, she’s frustrated by how close she came to missing such an important diagnosis and believes the medical community still has a long way to go in understanding and treating ADHD comorbidities. “It’s right there, it’s not hidden, people just don’t put it together. People are so mired down in the research about ADHD that it’s difficult for them to understand how these things apply to real-life scenarios.”

EP. 138: ADHD and Vertical Heterophoria with ADHD expert and author René Brooks

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. This week I'm sitting down with ADHD expert, author and coach René Brooks to talk about Vertical Heterophoria -- a little-known eye condition that, when René stumbled upon the diagnosis by happenstance, changed everything for her.

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