Clocks, Watches, Timers and Alarms
If you are serious about changing your ADHD habits, there is no such thing as too many clocks.
Avoid using your phone as the only time keeper in your life. There is no doubt that its accessibility is a plus and the range of tasks it can complete is impressive. The issue comes from the lack of diversification. With your smartphone, all of your eggs are in one basket. This is never a positive in the world of mental health.
In the Bedroom
The bedroom deserves special attention and focus as sleep is hugely important to someone with ADHD. You need to capitalize on the rejuvenating and reorganizing powers of sleep.
With the right amount of sleep, your body and brain will function better than before. Just as you assessed your living spaces in part one of this series, assess your bedroom to ADHD-proof it.
Does it look like a place where someone sleeps or does it look like a place someone eats, watches TV and surfs the internet? Sleep hygiene involves utilizing good habits and practices to improve the quality of sleep. This notion is incredibly important to those with ADHD since bad habits usually spill over into the bedroom.
Your bedroom should be bare and void of distractions. This means removing your TV, computer and phone. Your bedroom only needs your bed and an alarm clock to keep you aware of the time.
This may seem shocking as you think that sleeping is not a problem or that you could never fall asleep without the TV in the background. The truth is that any stimulation will serve as a distraction as you try to fall asleep. Additionally, the flickering lights and sounds disturb your rest in ways that you may not even realize.
Just because you are used to a lower quality sleep does not mean that it is good for you. Experiment to find how good your sleep can be.
In the Car
You likely spend some time driving in a car. Though driving is a normal and mundane activity, it is one that carries some level of risk. The risk can be minimized by maintaining your attention throughout the duration of your travels.
The process to ADHD-proof your car starts as it did when ADHD-proofing your home. You need to assess, declutter and sort. Are the old food wrappers, water bottles and tissue packets helping or hindering your driving skills? Focus on keeping the inside of your car streamlined and efficient to stay safe.