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.