Dealing with ADHD is stressful! however, there are ways to both reduce stress and improve the negative effects of ADHD. Forgetting important belongings, arriving late to appointments, always feeling like you are putting fires out, and no time to relax are just a few examples. It is also a catch 22 situation as when you are stressed your ADHD becomes worse.

Here are 5 top tips for Dealing with ADHD AND reduce your stress level.

1)      Exercise

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 as it helps the ADD brain in a similar way that prescribed drugs such as Ritalin do.
3)      Meditation

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.

4)      Sleep
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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