ADHD can affect people of all ages. But how do you deal with this disorder as an adult?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is most commonly thought of as a childhood disability
. But that does not mean it can’t affect people well into adulthood. Everything from paying the bills on time to keeping up with work and family demands can be very hard to deal with when you suffer from this disorder. But that doesn’t mean these challenges are impossible to deal with. Check out our tips for adapting to a life with ADHD.
The first step to taming your ADHD is to get organized. Getting organized can help keep you on track and help you decide on which items are necessary and which items can be stored or discarded. Get into the habit of taking notes and writing lists to help organize your thoughts and your day. Use a calendar app or a day planner to keep your daily appointments and important work deadlines in order. Store items that could distract you from your work out of sight. But keep items like your keys and bills where they can be easily found.
Adults with ADHD often struggle with focusing on one subject and impulse control. Completing tasks on time can be difficult and large projects can seem overwhelming. Try dividing larger projects into smaller tasks so you aren’t focusing on them for too long. Decide on which tasks to complete first and then move onto to something different when it is complete. Using a timer can help enforce your schedule and keep you from getting sidetracked.
Focus on Yourself
Many individuals tend to focus on the task at hand instead of on themselves. Adults with ADHD will often forget to eat, to use the bathroom, or to get a proper night’s rest. It is important to check in with yourself throughout the day so see how your body is feeling. Are you hungry? Need to use the restroom? When was the last time you slept? If one or more of these needs, needs to be met, take care of it first then come back to the task at hand.
Physical activity can help expend excess energy and can help boost concentration on certain activities. Spend some time at the gym in the morning burning off energy and working out any frustration you may be feeling. Sometimes running on the treadmill or swimming in a recreational pool can expend energy and leave you feeling focused.
There is no shame in admitting you need help with your ADHD. The Family Service Foundation can help you manage the stresses of your adult ADHD. Seek out medicinal help with our psychiatrist or some mental help with one of our counseling sessions
. These services can help you deal with the everyday stresses and anxiety many people with ADHD feel. For more information on how we can help, call Family Service Foundation
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