Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or simply put ADHD, often affecting children and teens, and it can continue into adulthood. ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD can be hyperactive and unable to pay attention to simple things. This behavior can often impact and interfere with school and home life.
Adults with ADHD can have trouble managing their time, being organized, setting simple or long-term goals, as well as having a constant job. This might affect relationships, self-esteem, and it might lead to addiction.
ADHD symptoms can easily interrupt your daily life, and fortunately for you, there are various ways to successfully manage your symptoms.
Here is a list of the best strategies to control your symptoms:
1. Accept your diagnosis – accepting your diagnosis is the most important thing that will create a way to positive actions, such as learning more about ADHD, and finding ways that work for you. Accepting your diagnosis does not mean that you love every aspect of something, but it means that you recognize it for what it really is.
2. Practice good self-care – people who suffer from this disorder, tend to become focused on tasks that they enjoy, and they often forget to eat, rest, and even go to the bathroom. By checking yourself throughout the day, check if you are hungry, thirsty, or simply need some rest. If you often forget to eat, you can carry snacks with you so that you can eat when you feel hungry. Exercising is also one of the strategies to try. If you exercise every day, you will be able to focus better, as well as get a good night’s sleep. Taking care of your health will make everything easier.
3. Use pill containers – people with ADHD often forget to take their medication or they take it twice. To stop this from happening, you can buy and label the pill containers, so that there is no confusion. This will keep you organized, and it will allow you to know when you are running out of medicine.
4. Get enough sleep – not getting enough sleep can increase the symptoms of ADHD. Being tired affects your attention span, as well as memory and complex problem-solving. People suffering from ADHD often have sleep problems, and fortunately, sleep problems are treatable. For instance, medicine like Provigil might help you get a good night’s sleep.
5. Set alarms – if you often lose track of time, setting up your alarm (on your computer or phone), might help you with keeping you on a schedule and reminding you of specific things that you need to do, like taking your medicine, drinking water, or eating.
6. Seek support – you should never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. If you are having a hard time with math, hire someone to help you. If there are specific chores or tasks that you hate doing around the house, you can hire a housekeeper to help you with these things.
7. Simply say “no” – people with ADHD tend to be the one who wants to please other people the most. They often take to much on themselves as well. For example, if you do not want to bake cookies for your daughter’s soccer team, you can simply go out and buy some. If you would still like to bake cookies, but baking is not the thing you enjoy, you could easily ask for help.
If you are suffering from ADHD, do not feel ashamed to ask for help whenever you need it. You can also try keeping a planner in order to track your time, as well as not forget to do simple things like taking your medication, eating, and having some rest.