Strategies for ADHD – Part 2!
Part 2 of 2:
– Devise coping mechanisms: Anything from listening to a specific song to counting backward from 30 could help reduce the impact of sensory overload.
– Establish a routine: Some people create a “sensory diet” This is a series of scheduled activities designed to help with the individual’s needs and prevent overwhelming them. People primarily use it with kids, but it can be effective for adults as well.
– Consult with a primary care physician: A doctor may provide mental health resources, anti-anxiety medication, or antidepressants if needed depending on your unique situation.
– Create a calm environment: It can be beneficial to eliminate known sensory triggers, such as certain types of lighting, coarse textures, or loud sounds.
– Introduce new activities in the right way: For those who become stimulated by loud sounds, it is advisable to introduce new activities in a calm, slow manner. For those who need more stimulation, people can make something mundane seem more exciting or fun by incorporating music, dance, or another activity to increase engagement.
– Exercise: Exercise can reduce pent up energy and help diminish sensitivity to background noise.
Contact us at Safe and Sound Therapeutics for more information about those living with ADHD.