Controlling Symptoms of ADHD Naturally
For those of us with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), controlling symptoms can seem like an impossible balancing act. Maybe by standing on one leg, cocking our head to one side, and holding our jaw just right we might find a bit of relief.
Treatment plans can be almost as confusing as the swirl of chaos inside our brain. Do we choose medication? Do we choose alternative therapies? Both? Which are best?
We have options. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. We are free to try anything that may help, as far as our comfort levels allow.
ADHD treatments work best when we look at the big picture. When we see our body and mind working together to achieve health, we can attain a life where we are in control of our symptoms instead of one where our symptoms control us.
There are many things you can do to find some relief.
Getting proper nutrition is probably the most important thing you can do if you have ADHD. We cannot deny the correlation between a diet full of unhealthy processed foods and the symptoms of ADHD.
Diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar are a recipe for impulsive behavior.
Gluten, dairy, and sugar all cause inflammation, decreasing blood flow to the brain.
If we stop feeding our bodies processed foods, fast foods, and things with more chemicals in them than actual ingredients, we find symptoms much easier to control. I notice a huge difference in my focus, energy levels, and mood when I eat healthy foods.
When we were kids how often did we hear someone tell us to go outside and burn off some energy? Just like when we were younger, exercise is still a good way to burn off that excess energy and help us to focus.
More than exercise, time spent outdoors in natural settings can effectively reduce inattentiveness. The greener the space, the better. Nature grounds us in ways we might not fully understand, but it works.
Yoga for ADHD can improve concentration, strength, and calm the mind.
My favorite thing about yoga is that you don’t have to be exceptionally good at it to see benefits. Despite my shortcomings I see improvements in my posture, mood, and mental clarity when I practice regularly.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Acupuncture restores energy flow. While I have not tried it myself, many people with ADHD feel they benefit from acupuncture. It is said to improve focus and calm the mind and body.
The purpose of acupressure is to bring back balance in energy systems of the body and treat illnesses, calm down emotions, and rejuvenate the spirit. Who couldn’t use a little rejuvenation of the spirit?
I have recently begun to use some simple acupressure routines in the morning and at times during the day when I start to feel overwhelmed or stressed. I’m not sure yet about the full benefit, but I do know that taking a few moments to calm my breathing and get back in the moment certainly helps.
Meditation is beneficial for calming the mind and body. I have difficulty keeping my mind from running all over the place, but it is still something I keep practicing because I do believe it helps me to manage my stress levels.
Essential Oils and Herbal Supplements
You can purchase several different brands of essential oils and herbal supplements to ease ADHD symptoms. I’ve tried a couple of the herbal supplements but didn’t find any that were particularly useful for myself. Others have told me they have had wonderful results with them.
There are also different essential oils that can be used to ease symptoms. I have seen several online that were mixtures of oils such as vandiver, frankincense, patchouli, and ylang ylang, all of which are useful for calming the mind, soothing the nervous system and supporting the immune system.
I have tried a couple of the oils that I believe do help. Using a bit of the oil at the temples or back of neck you catch the scent of it throughout the day. I don’t particularly like the smell though, so for me it’s kind of a toss-up over how much it helps versus if I can stand to smell it all day.
There are many choices regarding your personal ADHD treatment plan. Different things work for different people. Listen to your body and do what is best for you.
I have found that proper nutrition, exercise and meditation are the best things I can do to keep my symptoms at a manageable level. These treatments are relatively easy and always within my grasp.
It might take a little planning, but anything you do to take care of your body and mind is never wasted.