7 Ways to Make This Your Best ADHD Year Ever

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The New Year is an exciting time. There are 365 days stretching out in front of you, where anything is possible. People with ADHD are creative and can think of many incredible things they would like to see, do, and accomplish in the New Year. However, the day to day reality of living with ADHD can get in the way of those hopes and aspirations.

Here are 7 ways to help manage your ADHD, so this year will be your best year yet!

1.     Set Goals, Not New Year's Resolutions
The New Year is a time to reflect on our life and identify what changes we want to make in our life, moving forward. Though New Year's Resolutions are notorious for being broken after only a few days. This is why it is important to turn them into goals and create and plan to achieve them. Setting goals have an added benefit when you have ADHD, as they become a cornerstone to help your ADHD symptoms.

2.     Become an Expert on Your ADHD
Everyone experiences ADHD differently. This year, make it your mission to become an expert on how ADHD affects you. For example, do you have hyperactivity? If so, how does it show up for you? As an adult, it will present itself differently than it did for a child. Are you impulsive? If so, what do you do impulsively? Over eat? Say yes to too many requests on your time? When you know exactly how ADHD affects your life, you can work out a solution for each problem.

3.     Learn Mindful Meditation
Mindful meditation is an ADHD friendly way to meditate. It has been shown to improve focus, attention and emotion regulation. It can also help with other issues that many people with ADHD experience; such as stress and anxiety. This year, include meditating mindfully to your daily habits.

4.     Get More Sleep
Make sleep a priority! The less sleep you have, the worse your ADHD symptoms can become. Miano (2012) says “getting a good night's sleep is difficult when you have ADHD because your brain craves excitement.”Don’t sacrifice sleep for other activities, no matter how important those other activities are. Creating a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day helps.

5.     Exercise Every Day
Find an exercise that you love and then do it every day. Exercise helps to manage your ADHD. Your brain will feel sharp and you will feel happy; rather than stressed or anxious. Some people find it hard to motivate themselves to exercise. If this is you, you haven’t found the right type of exercise yet! This year, experiment with different types of exercise until you find something you love.

6.     Set a Financial Goal
Because financial tasks require attention to detail and organization, you might procrastinate and delay doing these tasks. This year set a goal around your finances.

Perhaps pay all the bills before their due date, or have zero bounced checks. You will know what the best goal for you is.

7.     Learn How to Be More Productive
Having ADHD can sabotage productivity. Procrastination, distraction, difficultly making decisions, etc. all get in the way. This year, try ‘the ONE thing’ method. Also, try batching your tasks and using a daytime planner.

Wishing You a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!!

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