ADD Moms: Basic Care

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I get a lot of emails from moms, especially new moms who are trying to balance taking care of their children, running a house, and managing their ADHD symptoms.

So if that description fits you (or even if it doesn’t) here are some tips for you:

Any change in your life can throw you off course, and make your ADHD symptoms worse, at least temporarily. Understanding that can help a little. A change in your life upsets the current balance; as soon as you can make adjustments, things will get better.

Rest is vital. My mom always said “never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down”. I think that’s especially true when you have little ones around. When they take a nap, you should too. The dishes and laundry will still be there when you get up. And if they, aren’t, maybe you should nap more often!

Make a concentrated effort each day to learn to listen to your body so that you can give it what it needs. If you’re tired, rest. If you’re thirsty, have some water. You cannot do your best for yourself and your family if you don’t feel your best.

Eat good food. Try to eliminate processed foods and focus on healthy ones instead. Have some lean protein at every meal and a glass of water every hour or so.

Get outside and play every day. Yes, that means you too, mom. Fresh air and silliness is not just for kids; it’s really good for adults, too.

After you’ve learned to take as much care of yourself as you do your family, you can concentrate on getting the rest of your life in order. Part 2 tomorrow.

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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2 Responses

  1. I get your e-mails which always have good tips on how to deal with the stuff we deal with, when we have ADD/ADHD. One of the things that’s always frustrated me about having ADD since I first became aware of it, is the fact that ADD people have so many excellent talents and skills but it can be a struggle to live with ADD, much less earn a decent living. My career was spent mostly doing jobs that didn’t come naturally to me and I struggled to do well at constantly, never really living up to the so called expectations of the numbers people. But my wonderful non-ADD and nauseatingly academically gifted son, told me about a book he’s reading called, ‘The rise of the Creative class’…I haven’t read it yet, but apparently it talks about the movement happening among creative, intuitive people, which most of us with ADD are, and how we are the up and coming class, no longer satisfied to sit back and let the academic sector run the world of business. I’ve often wondered why the characteristics we have, weren’t worth more in the business world so I’m looking forward to reading the book when he’s done with it. Frankly I could use the encouragement.

  2. Thank you for your comments Sylvia.

    I think a lot of ADD Moms can relate to what you said; I know I’ve spent many years working jobs that just killed my soul.

    I got so excited about the book that you mentioned that I Googled it and found the author’s website: Not what I was expecting – more business, economic than I thought – but very interesting!

    I can’t wait to learn more and see how we as ADD Moms can put these ideas to work in our own lives!