When you were young you may have found yourself fidgeting in your seat during class. Now as an adult with ADHD that may still be the case, but now you can incorporate your fidget into your life to cope with ADHD. Such as:
Movement breaks up your day and helps you to cope with ADHD. After completing a task, take a walk around the office for a moment to work out extra energy. If you can, have a walking meeting with your colleagues, or if you are on a conference phone call, walk to help you focus.
Along with general physical movement, exercising can also help adults with ADHD cope. Check to see if your employer has a gym on site that you can exercise in during the lunch hour. Some companies also provide incentives for their employees to join gyms. Try to mix things up so that you don’t get bored or burned-out doing just one kind of activity.
Google Calendar can be a helpful tool for organizing your week and to stay on task. Some features of the program are:
Ever feel like you have lots of ideas floating in your head? Keep a pen and notepad handy to jot down thoughts, make lists, doodle, etc. Or, if you are more likely to use technology, consider the notepad feature in a smartphone or tablet. Being able to “pocket” ideas helps to get the thoughts out of your mind and keep you more focused on the task at hand.
Making a to-do list before you start your day helps to organize the tasks that you need to complete. It also helps to remind you of commitments you made earlier and are due that day. Make a habit of doing this daily review in the morning at breakfast, and keep scratch paper and pencil nearby.
Consider incorporating yoga into your daily routine as a way to cope with ADHD as an adult. There are many benefits to yoga, including:
Having ADHD as an adult means that you can find creative, out-of-the-box ways to manage daily life. Instead of muddling through each day, you can harness your ADHD to cope and even thrive with the challenges life brings.