Living with attention deficient/hypersensitivity disorder (ADHD) doesn't need to hinder your life or happiness. Let's discuss some of the best things that you can do on a daily basis to make living with ADHD more comfortable.
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Always Carry a Fidget Pen
When you live with ADHD, you might feel the need to fidget when you're in public, at work or at home. This is due to built up energy. A fidget pen is a great thing to put in your bag or the pocket of your jeans to help you release your excess energy when you feel overstimulated. You might feel like people are staring at you when you play with a fidget pen in public, but in reality no one is looking that closely at you. It's just your mind playing tricks on you and making you feel even more stressed. So go ahead and play with that fidget pen to release the pent up energy and calm your mind.
Step Outside Into Nature
If have a garden, make sure you use it on a daily basis. Place a comfortable chair in a sheltered area so you can go out and sit no matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like. There are many benefits to having a garden, especially for those with ADHD. Whether you experience excess energy or need to clear your overstimulated mind, stepping out into the garden and spending time in nature is a great way to feel calmer and make yourself feel more comfortable. Getting fresh air is great for both the mind and the body. It can alleviate stress and control cycles of poor behavior.
Don’t Forget To Eat
Not eating enough can amplify anxiety and cause unnecessary stress. Those with ADHD can often forget to eat due to a lack of routine and forgetfulness. If you tend to forget to eat, try to establish a regular eating routine. You should eat every few hours so you avoid being hungry and, in turn, the unnecessary stress that hunger can cause. A good way to avoid getting hungry it to snack in between meals. Eating every few hours will ensure that your body and brain won't be deprived of energy.
Get Plenty of Sleep
One daily habit that can help you manage ADHD is getting plenty of sleep. It might feel difficult to sleep with ADHD because you have so much excess energy. But if you know how to release this energy throughout the day and before bed, it can help you to relax and drift off into a long and peaceful sleep. It's recommended for children and adults to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night so that your body and mind can relax as much as possible. If you tend to feel overstimulated before bedtime, try turning off your screen at least one hour before you go to bed. You can also meditate before sleeping and take a nice relaxing bath to help your mind and body feel relaxed enough to go to sleep.
Exercise is a great way to relieve built up energy, and it's ideal for those with ADHD. Even if you don't like to exercise, it's a great idea to exercise as much as you can throughout the week to relax your mind and body. Your body can hold a lot of tension if you avoid working out, but it's easy to release it by performing gentle stretches and doing cardiovascular activities and yoga. Your exercise routine doesn't have to be intense in order to gain the benefits. Gentle and consistent exercises can help release the energy just as well, and it will also help with sleeping.
Set a Routine and Improve Your Organization
It's common for those with ADHD to be forgetful and unorganized, which can hinder their routine and cause unnecessary stress. Setting and maintaining a routine, as well as improving your organization, will help make ADHD easier to live with on a daily basis. For instance, setting yourself visual reminders is a great way to ensure that you never forget to do anything. Writing a list of everything that you need to do that day is also a great way to keep structure and organize your mind so that your ADHD doesn't overwhelm and overstimulate you. Having a routine and being as organized as possible will help you manage your ADHD.
This is a contributed post.