Can you focus and finish things? Do you know when you’ve veered off task?
Or, are you at the mercy of your ADHD brain? Drifting from here to there. Frustrated and scattered.
Will good brain care make your ADHD go away? Of course not. There is no cure for ADHD. BUT, it will reduce your ADHD symptoms.
Neglect your ADHD brain care at your own risk.
Why Build an ADHD Brain Care Structure?
Your scaffolding of brain care, or self-care as we sometimes call it, makes your brain as sharp and laser-focused as possible to support what you want to do.
Since ADHD is a brain-based condition, you simply CAN’T settle for poor brain function and expect to control your ADHD.
Period. End of discussion.
Even if you take ADHD medications like Ritalin, Adderall, or Vyvanse, your medication will probably work better and you may even be able to take less of it if you take care of your brain.
The good news is this – the key ADHD brain care habits aren’t rocket science.
You probably already know you need to do most of them. You just need to take them more seriously.
You need to recognize that if you want better control over your ADHD you have to step up your self-care.
Key ADHD Brain Care Habits to Help Your ADHD Symptoms
I see this over and over with my ADHD coaching clients. In fact, it’s usually one of the first things we talk about when someone hires me to be their ADHD coach.
Because when I can get an ADHD adult’s brain to work better, the rest of our work together – managing time, staying organized, getting places on time, following routines – falls into place more easily.
So what do I mean by ADHD brain care?
- ADHD friendly diet: Eat high protein, low fat foods, complex carbohydrates, foods low in sugar with few artificial ingredients and dyes.
- Sleep: Stop pretending you can stay up all night and still function. Yes, sleep is complicated. Lack of structure is the #1 reason why ADHD adults don’t get enough sleep. Work with an ADHD coach to figure out how to get to bed, fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up in the morning.
- Water: Those brain cells need hydration to be able to do their job. Brain fog is a sign of dehydration.
- Exercise: Exercising immediately increases the neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) connected with ADHD: dopamine and norepinephrine. Exercise is essential for focusing, paying attention and finishing tasks.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These fatty acids boost the way your brain uses dopamine. Get more Omega 3s in your diet. If you decide to take a supplement, ask your doctor first.
- You also need to pay attention to things that make your brain functioning worse: too much alcohol, marijuana, sugar, etc.
If you want your ADHD to release its power over your life, you must give your brain the care it needs. You can’t ignore the importance of ADHD brain care if you want to stabilize your ADHD structure.
Want to learn other brain care tips? Check out these other tips: