• Living with Adult ADHD

    Minimize symptoms of adult ADHD with lifestyle changes and professional help.

    Article by: By RealAge

    Work, money, relationships, emotional well-being, and health — ADHD in adults can affect many areas of your life. And when you’ve been living with adult ADHD for a long time, it’s easy to get used to the chaos it causes. But here’s the reality: It’s not okay for ADHD symptoms to disrupt your life. You don’t have to “just live with it.” And there are many things you can do to minimize your symptoms and improve all areas of your life. Use these strategies to get control of ADHD:

    Exercise. Physical activity is a great way for anyone to reduce stress and burn off excess energy. But it’s especially beneficial for those coping with ADHD in adults. It’s a great outlet for the restless, often boundless energy that people living with adult ADHD tend to have. It also boosts blood flow to the brain, enhances your mood, and decreases anxiety. What’s more, exercise helps improve alertness and focus. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking, jogging, or cycling every day. (Find out the top 10 benefits of walking.)

    Sleep. Many people who have ADHD also have problems with sleep. You may not get enough sleep, or you may wake up feeling unrefreshed. People living with adult ADHD also have higher rates of sleep disorders, including restless legs syndrome (RLS) and sleep apnea. Sleep problems and ADHD can aggravate one another, creating a cycle of worsening symptoms, so make sleep a priority. If you have trouble getting 7 to 8 solid hours a night, talk with your doctor. (To help you get your ZZZs, here’s a list of bedtime do’s and don’ts.)

Relax. Stress is something we all deal with it, but it takes a greater toll on people living with adult ADHD. That’s because the symptoms of ADHD in adults cause stress, and stress exacerbates ADHD symptoms.

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