6 Home Remedies For ADHD
You know there’s no cure, I know there’s no cure, but we both know there are things that help.
Stimulant medications are proven to assist many of us in focusing our minds and stilling our souls. But they don’t work for everyone. And even when they do, sometimes the side effects aren’t tolerable.
I’ll be your example for that, Methylphenidate helped me focus and kept my bouncing in check. Sadly it exacerbated my anxiety to an intolerable point. So here I am back again, scattered and distracted by things as insignificant as my own finger drumming, which has of course, increased.
But whether we’re on medication or not, there are things we can do to make our lives easier. There are things that make our minds more capable of focus, our hearts more resilient and our souls more accepting of our fate.
Yeah, a bit over the top, I know
Okay, that was a bit much, but there are things that make our lives easier, here’s six of my favorites, let me know if there are any more that you’re happy about.
Kelly’s Big Six:
- Exercise: You know it, you feel better when you’ve been active. Just the fact that you’re aware of how you feel should tell you something. Exercise stimulates epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, these neurotransmitters block pain and lift spirits. Exercise is also suspected of playing a role in neuron creation and repair. Any advantage we can give our brain is a good thing, right?
Proper diet: Did you know that your brain uses 20% of the oxygen and calories you consume? But more to the point, the chemicals that all food is made up of affect your brain in various ways. Good healthy food may have a greater effect on your body, but that healthy body certainly has great sway over your mind. Eat well and see if you don’t feel better mentally.
- Managing non-controlled stimulants: An acquaintance tells me that caffeine is something she cannot tolerate. But when her stimulant medication is dropping out of her system for the day, a decaf coffee or a green tea has just enough caffeine to smooth the ragged descent for her.
I use coffee as my stimulant of choice now that the methylphenidate has proven itself to be a false friend to me. And a cup at bed time helps my mind to stop jumping from thought to concept and ease into sleep.
So instead of getting stoned, go out and get ‚Ä¶ uh, dirted??!?
Dig in the dirt: Here’s a good one for you, there is a micro-bacteria in dirt that permeates the air when you are digging in your garden. It’s called Mycobacterium vaccae or M. vaccae, you say it like you’re contemplating a holiday in Kansas; M. As in aunty Em and vaccae as in vacation. M. vaccae stimulates the same neurons Prozac does, in the same way but with no long term side effects.
So instead of getting stoned, go out and get … uh, dirted??!?
- Keep a positive outlook: Do I need to explain this one? I didn’t think so. We’ve been discussing ways of doing just that, haven’t we. All I’m saying here is be conscious of your attitude and maybe be prepared to tweak it manually if the times necessitate.
- Get enough sleep: I know, not the easiest thing for some of us. But the first five things on this list may help with that. Worth noting is that at the end of my day, a cup of coffee on going to bed helps my mind settle, stops the whirling thoughts and allows me to sleep. It is a rare evening when I can’t fall asleep in short order.
There is, as I said earlier, no cure for ADHD. Not yet anyway. And none of these things I’ve listed will banish your symptoms either. But if you find that any of these make your personal collection of ADHD symptoms easier to deal with, then you’re farther ahead, right?
We are stronger than those without ADHD could ever imagine, but I personally welcome any help I can get, and I’m happy to share.
Babcock, K. (2013). 6 Home Remedies For ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 30, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2013/03/6-home-remedies-for-adhd/