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Stress Management Techniques For ADHD

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One of the most important ways to alleviate the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is through coping skills, or stress management techniques. This article will focus on various stress management techniques used to mange the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They include exercise, eating healthy, and meditation.

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best stress management techniques to manage the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. According to Webmd, “Exercise isn’t just good for shedding fat and toning muscles. It can help keep the brain in better shape, too. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which helps with attention and clear thinking.” In other words, when you exercise, your brain releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Specifically, dopamine helps increase attention and clear thinking, which is crucial for someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Eating Healthy

In addition to exercising frequently with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, another stress management technique to help manage the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is eating healthy. Eating healthy is essential for anyone who is looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, for someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder it is crucial. According to Health.harvard, “A healthful diet may reduce symptoms of ADHD by reducing exposure to artificial colors.” According to this source, a study was conducted comparing the consumption of artificial drinks to drinks without artificial flavors in children. The results of the study concluded that children displayed higher hyperactivity levels during the weeks when they consumed drinks containing artificial colors. Hence, eating healthy is an integral aspect of stress management for someone who experiences the daily struggle of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, especially in growing children.

Meditation

In addition to exercising and eating healthy, another stress management technique to help cope with the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is through meditation. When you practice the skill of meditation, you are practicing mindfulness. The aim of mindfulness is to enable someone to be in the present moment, veering away from focusing on the past or the future. This is integral for someone who is experiencing symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, especially if they are experiencing restlessness. You will feel much more calm and less stressed.

Conclusion

With that said, exercising, eating healthy, and practicing meditation are three types of stress management techniques to help manage the symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These are three skills that are highly beneficial.

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Stress Management Techniques For ADHD


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). Stress Management Techniques For ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/05/stress-management-techniques-for-adhd/

 

Last updated: 1 May 2016
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