Do you ever find that when you feel sad it's harder to motivate and be productive? Or if you feel anxious, it makes it more difficult to get out of the house and get your day started? Or when you are stressed, do you sometimes feel too overwhelmed to know where to start on your to-do list and end up wasting time rather than being efficient with your day? These are all examples of how your mood can strongly impact your executive functioning skills.
Let's start with a basic understanding of executive functioning skills. A detailed explanation can be found here, but below is a quick summary
These executive functions impact our abilities to manage time efficiently and avoid procrastinating, organize things in your life, understand different perspectives on things, start and stay on track to finish tasks, and regulate emotions. We use these skills daily. If you struggle with any of these things, it can then affect your self-confidence and your mood, and vice versa. Hopefully, you are now starting to see the mood<-->executive functioning connection.
To improve your executive functioning, think of your brain as a muscle, and new habits as exercises for that muscle. If you choose one new habit to practice at a time and repeat that habit over and over again, your executive functioning will get stronger. Here are some recommend habits to build that executive functioning muscle:
If you think you fall into the category of struggling with executive functioning, we are here to help. Remember that asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength! You are not alone, as this is an unidentified problem for many people. One of the amazing things about humans is that with support, coaching, and practice, your brain (no matter how old you are) can form new pathways to learn new habits and skills to correct executive functioning deficits!