Do you have trouble focusing on tasks? During a pandemic, it’s already hard to make up our own schedules for us to stick to strictly without someone looking over to make sure we stay on task. Those who have ADHD? It can be much harder.
There are some good tricks to help adults with ADHD, but sometimes tricks just aren’t enough – especially when you still have a family or your own mental health to take care of.
In this article, we will go over some tricks that are helpful to adults with ADHD; however, to help reduce symptoms associated with ADHD, there is a natural treatment often overlooked we would like to bring to light.
What Helps With ADHD at Home?
Adults with ADHD can become easily frustrated and find it difficult to find the motivation to do what needs to be done. We all have our own daily list and goals we want to accomplish, but for an adult with ADHD, sometimes even the simplest things are not that simple.
Create a sense of urgency. A good trick to help an adult with ADHD is to make up a sense of urgency – using what is called the Pomodoro technique. This is when you set a timer for 25 minutes, focus on completing a task in that amount of time, rest for 5 minutes, and then focus again for another 25. This helps you stay focused without feeling “worn out” by giving you 5-minute breaks in between. After doing four sets of 25 minutes, you are rewarded with a 30-minute break. Sometimes trying to dedicate “hours” to work without a break can weaken your focus.
- Relax. Yoga or tai chi can help your mind slow down and taking this time to slow down and clear your mind can make you more productive and focused after.
- Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s important to not beat yourself up. Being negative to yourself can make it even harder for you to feel motivated or focused to do anything. ADHD can cause you to have anxiety and emotional outbursts, so it is important to stay positive and give yourself away to feel accomplished – such as a small reward for yourself for completing a task or staying focused for those 25-minutes, like a small snack you enjoy. Celebrate your small successes.
- Turn your task or work into a game. Give yourself small, exciting challenges like “Let’s see how much laundry I can fold in 5 minutes!” Feeling unmotivated is a huge issue for adults with ADHD so turning your tasks or workaround into a more enjoyable thing to do can help you overcome this frustrating obstacle. Get creative and think up interesting ways to change it up.
What are Common Symptoms of an Adult with ADHD?
An adult with ADHD can continue to have symptoms that affect their life daily – making it difficult for them to plan or do focus on a to-do list. Adults with ADHD experience the following symptoms:
- Poor Time Management Skills
- Difficulty Focusing on a Task
- Low Frustration Tolerance
- Trouble Completing or Following Through Tasks
- Problems Coping with Stress
- Hot Temper
- Issues with Prioritizing
- Restlessness or Excessive Activity
- Frequent Mood Swings
While many of these symptoms can happen to almost everyone during some point in life, an adult with ADHD will experience the symptoms above severe enough to where they will become a constant issue in various parts of life whether it be in school, relationships, or jobs. Adults with ADHD will also have these symptoms traced back to when they were a child.
Is There a Natural Treatment That Helps me Focus at Home?
While tips and tricks are great for those who have ADHD, sometimes ADHD symptoms are so overwhelming to try to handle alone. Medication can bring out other issues as well and can often change the way you behave entirely, including making you feel depressed and more inactive.
The best thing to do is minimize your symptoms without having to worry about negative side effects. There is plenty of evidence that has been shown that ADHD relates to abnormal brain activity. In addition to this, many of our body’s functions that are affected by an upper cervical misalignment can trigger ADHD symptoms.
A misalignment to the upper cervical area of your spine, located underneath the base of your skull, can actually cause your ADHD symptoms to become overwhelming.
A misalignment to your upper cervical spine can be corrected by an upper cervical adjustment. These adjustments are gentle and very precise. What makes this treatment unique from other types of chiropractic is how it removes any interference from your brain stem.
When your brain stem has pressure placed upon it, due to a misaligned vertebra pressing up against it, it can affect your memory, focus, sleep, and emotions. Having a compressed brain stem also causes your brain to body signals to become distorted and bring about other problems if left untreated.
Many symptoms found in adults with ADHD have been reduced due to undergoing upper cervical adjustments. There are also patients who have reported improvements in as little as one adjustment.
This is because as soon as the pressure is has taken off your brain stem, your brain-to-body communication is restored, allowing your body’s healing process to begin, and the brain can receive proper blood flow (oxygen) as the compression is removed.
Think of it like a water hose: when a water hose is running and someone steps on it, it causes the water to stop from flowing properly.
The same can be said about a vertebra that is pressing up against your brain stem: not only does it distort your brain to body signals, but it affects your blood flow as well.
When the brain does not get proper blood flow, it can bring about headaches, migraines, and mess with how it functions: memory, focus, etc.
If you or a loved one is having trouble coping with ADHD at home and prefer a natural treatment over medication with side effects, upper cervical adjustments can help you improve your symptoms so you can be more productive at home.