To the ADHD brain, a 400-meter race feels more like a 4×100 relay. They start with purpose but drop the baton before they can finish. Oftentimes this results in a handful of empty finish lines. In the real world, this “relay” translates to tasks on a to-do list.
While the specific cause of ADHD isn’t confirmed, studies have observed weak functioning dopamine transmitters. Coping strategies, in coordination with prescription medications, are necessary for daily function. These strategies will help you manage ADHD and be healthy doing it.
When your dopamine tank is low, use exercise to refuel. Fitness activities flush your brain with the feel-good chemical (which also helps with attention). Plus, hitting the gym enhances your working memory and helps control impulses.
People with ADHD—particularly those on prescription medications—often forget to eat. Set an alarm on your phone so you don’t forget. Foods high in zinc, magnesium and iron may help foster focus, according to the Journal of Preventive Medicine. Good sources include lean meats, seafood, nuts and fortified cereals.
Attention Deficit Disorder makes it hard to do routine activities—even fall asleep. Mental and physical restlessness can also disturb sleeping patterns. Set a routine and stick to the formula. Routines help you focus and cue your body for bed. Unfortunately, because of forgetfulness, ADHD adults have poorer levels of oral health, compared to non-ADHD individuals. Brush to break that stereotype!
In order for ADHD adults to stay on task, activities must be stimulating and most of all—fun. This is due to weakened dopamine transmitters, pathways that control the brain’s pleasure center. Turn tasks into a game—time yourself and see how fast you can finish.
Keep it interesting, make it fun and your focus will flourish.