I just got back from a wonderful week or so spent in Michigan visiting my daughter Sarah, her husband, and their brand new son, Robbie. (Our first grandchild!)
Like all of us, Sarah has Attention Deficit Disorder. And with all of the lifestyle changes, she has some new challenges in dealing with her ADHD.
Now maybe you’re not a new mom, but I bet that you can still relate to some of the changes that Sarah’s new life presents.
There’s been a big change in her life. Sure, she had a baby, but a new job, a new place to live, even a change in schedule can mean big changes when it comes to how well you manage your ADHD.
Try to keep as normalcy in your life as possible. Sure there are things you can’t change, but work hard to reinforce any habits or routines that you had before, and also begin to establish some new ones.
Her hormones are out of control. Once we begin to go through puberty, hormonal changes are pretty much a fact of life for most women. Our monthly cycles, pregnancy and childbirth, and even menopause all cause changes in our hormones.
Recognize that your hormone levels may be messing with your ADHD symptoms. Try and figure out how it affects you most. It may be your emotions or it may cause you to be more forgetful. Come up with strategies that help you compensate for these issues. Also consider saving important tasks for the times of the day when you are most alert and productive.
She had to give up her medication and caffeine. If you rely on medication to help your ADHD symptoms, doing without it can be really hard. And eliminating caffeine can make things even harder.
Alertness, focus and memory are things that are often affected by our ADHD. Caffeine, while not a substitute for ADHD medications, can do some towards helping you stay focused and alert. If that is not an option, consider herbal remedies such as Gingko, Ginseng and even Rosemary. Be sure to consult your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.
General lifestyle improvements will help you manage your ADHD symptoms, too.
Do your best to eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein and water. Get as much rest as you can. And take some time out each day to exercise, even if that means parking your car further away from the mall door.
It’s always important to take good care of yourself, but when your life suddenly turns upside down, it becomes a necessity. Be sure to give yourself what you need.