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  • Paige Barnard

Managing Adult ADHD

For adults with ADHD, staying on top of things in all areas of your life can be stressful! Developing daily habits can help you work more efficiently and stay organized. These strategies require practice and patience but will give you more control over your life and improve feelings of self-worth.

  1. Set reminders and allow yourself more time than you think you need.

  2. PRIORITIZE. Start with the most important task, followed by other priorities after that.

  3. Adjust your work schedule Start earlier or later in the day when it is quieter and there are less distractions.

  4. Set up bill reminders or automatic payments.

  5. Set aside 5-10 minutes each day for organization. Find storage or an organizing system that eliminates clutter.

  6. When random thoughts or good ideas pop into your head, write them down on paper or put them into the notes app on your phone to revisit later in

the day.

  1. Get moving. To prevent restlessness and fidgeting, move around when you can. Taking a walk during breaks can help with attention later on.

7 Simple tips to reduce stress

Stress is the body’s response to demanding or harmful situations or events – real or perceived. It can be a positive response, such as when in danger or working to meet a deadline but prolonged exposure to stress can have a negative effect on a person’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, and body. Here are some tips to help reduce stress.

  1. Exercise regularly. Studies have shown physical activity reduces stress and improves mood.

  2. Practice self-care. Some examples include taking a bath, reading a book, practicing yoga, or going for a walk outside.

  3. Limit caffeine intake. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, stress and may impact your sleep.

  4. Spend quality time with friends and family.

  5. Learn to say “No”. Taking on too much can increase stress and limit time that you can spend on self-care.

  6. Practice mindfulness. Meditating consistently, even for short periods of time, may decrease stress and anxiety and boost mood.

  7. Get outdoors! Spending time in nature may improve mental well-being and decrease stress.

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