It seems like one of the only times people with ADHD get sympathetic media coverage is when a celebrity comes out as having an ADHD diagnosis. Apparently, the American press’s desire to worship celebrities is stronger than its desire to stigmatize people with mental illness!
The latest celebrity to go public with an ADHD diagnosis is Mel B, who revealed she has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.
But I am always interested in hearing people’s ADHD coping tips, and Mel B offered a few of those.
One is “to be around green and nature.” She said that “I sit outside in the countryside sometimes and stare at sheep for six hours, it feeds you.”
And let me say that I’m with Mel B on this one. OK, maybe not the staring at sheep for six hours specifically. You have to be careful with that because sometimes the sheep will think you’re challenging them if you make eye contact for that long. But the nature stuff more generally – as I mentioned earlier this week, I think hiking is a great activity for ADHD coping and self-care in general.
Mel B also mentioned another one of the greatest hits of ADHD coping mechanisms: exercise. She explained that “I find working out for me helps me meditate, it helps me get rid of a bit of my anxiety and it helps me focus on me just for that 45 minutes or for that one hour.”
There’s nothing shockingly original about Mel B’s ADHD coping tips. Many people find that time spent exercising or enjoying nature lowers their stress levels and puts them in a better position to cope effectively with ADHD.
I think the normality of Mel B’s coping strategies is exactly what’s instructive, though. Even if you’re a celebrity, it’s the same basic self-care routines like exercise and nature time that will help you maintain good mental health and cope with ADHD.
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