Looking for something to do?
People with ADHD don’t like to wait. And the good news is that maybe you don’t have to if you want to take some concrete steps to live a healthier, happier life with ADHD.
Here are three things you can do right now to cope with ADHD.
1. Call your dentist
Wait, what? A dentist might not be the first kind of doctor that comes to mind to help with your ADHD.
But remember, ADHD can impact every part of your life, and your mouth is no exception. Your teeth tell a story – and too often, that story is “I ate a lot of sugar, didn’t brush my teeth, and then never got around to making a dentist appointment.”
Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.
Editor: Nadeem Noor
Between disorganization, impaired self-control and forgetfulness, it’s no wonder ADHD has been linked to oral health problems. In one study, only 6 percent of teens with ADHD had no cavities, compared to 29 percent of teens without ADHD.
As much as we love to procrastinate, procrastinating on dental work can have (literally) painful consequences, so if you want something you can do to improve life with ADHD right now, pick up the phone and call your dentist!
2. Eat an apple
Unfortunately, an apple a day won’t keep the ADHD symptoms away, but it might make you happier, and it’ll almost certainly make you healthier.
Everyone benefits from eating fruits and vegetables, of course, but people with ADHD in particular are at risk for lower fruit and vegetable consumption.
No doubt ADHD impulsivity can interfere with keeping a regular, healthy diet, but you can fight back: go eat some fruits or vegetables, right now!
3. Go for a run
You’re starting to notice a trend, maybe: ADHD isn’t always associated with the healthiest behaviors. Exhibit C: teens with ADHD are less likely to meet daily recommended levels of physical exercise. And I wouldn’t be shocked if the same was true for adults with the disorder.
Which is a shame, because exercise is great. Not only because it’s healthy, but because it makes you feel good and may even improve ADHD symptoms.
So if you want something to do right now that’s fun, healthy, and good for coping with ADHD, go for a run. Or a swim, or a bike ride, or whatever – you get the point.
What are some other things people with ADHD can do right now? Leave suggestions in the comments below!