Remember Your Supplements with ADHD

by | Mar 21, 2024 | ADHD Success Skills and Tools | 0 comments

At the risk of sounding like your mother, “Take your vitamins!” 

Vitamins and supplements, especially Omega-3 Fish Oils, are important parts of self-treatment of ADHD.

You know you need to take vitamins, but do you? If not, why not? If you’re like my ADHD coaching clients, you probably don’t take your vitamins because you forget.

If I were coaching you on living more easily with your ADHD, we’d strategize on how to make it part of your daily routine. Routines are very personal. What works for one person might not work for another. If you aren’t successful with one approach, try another and make adjustments until you find what works for you.

Three Strategies to Help ADHD Adults Remember to Take Their Supplements

Pill Organizer – Some of my ADHD coaching clients find that loading up a pill organizer with a week’s worth of vitamins and supplements simplifies their lives. I tried this approach for a few months. Then one day, it didn’t work for me anymore. As I remember, the whole system fell apart because too much depended upon me refilling the box on Sunday night. When that didn’t happen, I didn’t have vitamins for the week. (I even tried this monthly one.) Seems silly, but when something becomes too hard to do, a person with ADHD won’t do it.

Unique Dish – This simple system has worked for me for years. Many of my ADHD coaching clients like it, too. I keep a small purple dish on the kitchen counter and our vitamins and supplements in the cupboard right above. Seeing the empty dish in the morning reminds me to get out my daily dose of vitamins and supplements. The dish catches my eye at meal time so I remember to take my pills. This is the kind of simple visual reminder that works well for adults with Attention Deficit.

Hook the Behavior – For many ADHD adults, another way that works to remember certain tasks is to hook the action to something you already do. A hook is essentially a mini routine that leads you from one activity to another. Put your multivitamin in the bathroom so you remember to take it when you brush your teeth or take a shower. Have a daily work meeting? Take the supplement right before. Hooking it with something you already do every day can help you remember!

Self-treatment for ADHD is very important. Remembering to take your supplements and vitamins puts you further along the road to better brain functioning and ADHD success.

I’d love to hear from you – post below and let me know what works for you to remember!

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