Exercise is a great stress-buster. Not only does it relax the body and mind and reduce the chance of diseases; exercise helps your ADHD by improving attention and focus, increasing memory and reducing anxiety. Start to exercise for 30 minutes every day and notice the benefits immediately.
2) Omega 3
Many studies have shown that people who consume omega 3 supplements on a regular basis are better able to handle stressful situations and the less one consumes, the higher the stress level. Omega 3 is an incredible addition to everyone’s diet who has ADD because it helps the ADD brain in a similar way that prescribed drugs such as Ritalin do.
When you meditate, your whole body, and mind, relaxes. Your heart rate slows down, your blood pressure reduces, and there is a reduction in the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Your mind ages more slowly and you have clearer thought. In terms of your ADD, meditation has a remarkable effect as it increases cognitive functioning and concentration and improves self esteem and confidence.
When we sleep, our body restores itself. Sleep keeps us physically healthy and mentally sharp. It is ironic that when we are stressed we allow ourselves less time to sleep. Getting enough sleep is particularly important for an adult with ADD as lack of sleep makes ADHD systems greatly increase.
5) Your Personal De-Stressor Techniques
You have probably developed a knowledge of what relaxes you. Some people bake, others iron (the repetitive motion is very relaxing) others take a bubble bath or watch an inspirational movie. Make sure you add your own, fun de-stressor techniques into your life too.
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Dear Jacqueline Sinfield,
My name is Ratan and I am from India. There is very little awareness among layt people in this country about ADD. Recently I subscribed to your newsletter and from then I have been getting posts every week.
I read your posts regularly and they conatin very useful tips and insights into manage one’s ADHD symptoms. I hope to be able to share the knowledge after putting the same into practise successfully
Thanks for the great feedback, so happy the tips are helping you!!
Keep in touch
I have just found you through Johnny B. Truant and am delighted to do so. I am glad to read about ironing because that is one of my coping mechanisms and everyone thinks I’m mad! I also fold laundry, sew, journal and sleep a lot. I also appreciated what you wrote earlier about taking days to recover from standing up for myself and that being highly sensitive and ADHD means that we can be very challenged by stressors. I certainly feel unable to manage as much as my peers yet I am just as capable if not more so. Instead, I constantly find myself striving to simplify my life. Thank you for the understanding!
I bet the people that laugh about you enjoying ironing are secretly little jealous that your ironing pile is so much smaller than theirs 🙂 I love that you have found great activities that help you to de stress and cope with your sensitivity and ADHD.
I totally believe you are highly capable with many gifts. People with ADHD are, and when you work with your strengths and manage your weaknesses that is where the magic happens!
Thanks for your lovely comment!
thanks jacqui i really appreciated the article… i have only known i was adhd
about 3 or 4 years ago and have been learning about it ever since…also the
highly sensitive part…i feel like being a hsp affects me even more than any
other characteristic…i loved the part about the storms…i totally related to that
and really appreciated seeing it in print. it is very challenging to me to not feel different because of all these ways i actually am different in the sensitivities..
i am learning to be very gentle with myself and honor these differences.. my
biggest gifts are connected to them- having an incredible connection to my
intuition, artistic talents, musical talents, relationship with nature and
strong connection with animals nonverbally… it just helps so much to know
i’m not “weird and different”, but unique and valuable…
I love that you are being gentle with yourself and honouring your differences. You are right, your biggest gifts are connected to sensitivity and ADHD. AND as much as we would like to just have the good things, we have to accept the not so good things that come with the package too.
There is NOTHING weird about you!! you are a total delight and have so much to offer.
Thanks for being so honest