• Liliana Turecki

Taking Care of Your ADHD Brain – Self Care is Essential

Living with ADHD can be exhausting. But what matters at the end of the day is knowing it’s possible to lead more than a functional (and empowered) life despite your symptoms. Read on to explore how an ADHD self-care regimen can bring the change you need.


Mental Balance

Start with practicing self-compassion – know that you’re not to blame and things can change for the better.


  • Supply yourself with some self-nourishment – take those yoga classes, walk the long walks, or read to your heart’s content.

  • Put an end to your clumsy relationship with sleep – experiment with naps, create a sound sleeping environment, stay off of technology and try deep breathing to prep yourself for snoozing.

  • Practice mindfulness to prevent your thoughts and emotions from going haywire. Don’t let negative thoughts have any space in your mind.


Physical Wellbeing

From having a nice, healthy meal to making exercise mandatory, managing your physical wellness is directly linked to your mental wellness and a healthy ADHD brain.


  • Can’t get yourself to wake up for the morning workout? No problem, you still have the rest of the day – squeeze a workout, dance, or swimming session in your schedule and stick to it, come what may. Exercise of any kind is critical to keep your mind and body charged.

  • Your food choices directly impact how your brain functions. Create and stick to an ADHD diet to keep your health on track at all times.

  • Don’t hesitate to indulge in a therapeutic spa detour if you think your body needs a break.


The Everyday ADHD Self-Care Shortlist

Consistency is key for getting your ADHD daily schedule to reach its fruition. Here are three simple ways to “keep going” even when you think you can’t:


  • Initiate a new activity – but spend a few minutes visualizing and engaging with all the behavioural steps before, during, and after the activity.

  • Stick to it come what may – even if you think your day’s schedule fails to be executed, don’t get overwhelmed and abandon it altogether. Accomplishing “something” is always better than accomplishing “nothing” – all or nothing mindsets are common, but can be conquered by picking 1,2, or 3 tasks and break those down into manageable behaviour actions.

  • Maintain a success journal – each task performed is a victory. Make sure you enter in your wins daily, weekly, and monthly. It’s a great way to support your memory it can be liberating to look back at the volume of tasks you’ve achieved!


Following an ADHD self-care regimen is great. But sometimes you need ADHD help that is more than just a checklist of tasks. Professional coaching can equip you with the right tools to stay organized and productive, decode your emotions and thoughts, and most importantly, work consistently towards your goal. Book a free consultation with me today for professional ADHD help that brings real changes.



Sources:

https://chadd.org/adhd-weekly/its-okay-to-put-yourself-first-sometimes-developing-self-care/


https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/managing-adult-adhd-attention-deficit-disorder.htm

https://www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk/memberarticles/why-is-self-care-important-for-adhd

https://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/adhd-stress-management-skills-for-adults/

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