So the other day I tumbled down a bit of a rabbit hole and it ended up being a bit of a revelation for me. Whilst doing a bit of research into kids yoga I stumbled across some information on ADHD and how it presents in adults.
In the past – whether rightly or wrongly so – I’d always associated ADHD with kids bouncing off the walls. Even though I was a very active kid I wouldn’t of said I was anything on the extreme side but now I look back I can see signs of it from when I was younger; inability to concentrate or sit still, bad short term memory, constant fiddling with hair and anxiety to name just a couple of examples.
Then I started to look at the adult list;
- Lack of focus
- Intolerance of small frustrations
- Emotional issues
- Poor self images – mostly as a result of the above
- Lack of motivation
- Neglecting health
- Restlessness and anxiety
- Tendency for addiction
- Sensitivity to sugar
- Higher risk of other mental health issues
- Inability to stick to a project/task
Golly it was like looking in a mirror! The only other time I’d really felt the same way was when I found out what OCD was and it was like ‘Wow, yep that’s me!’.
Obviously to a certain extent this is just new information and doesn’t change anything, but it does help me to understand myself better and it gives me a few more tools to throw into the mix to help. It also allows me to put it up here in case there’s anyone else like me who’s going to read this and think, ‘wait a minute…’, I hope it does help someone!
As with OCD one of the best things we can do is look after ourselves. Exercise seems to be right up there at the top of the list along with a clean and healthy diet which is rich in protein. Exercise releases endorphins and dopamine into the brain which help to regulate mood and improve attention. I’m also going to start looking into some memory improvement options too and work harder on my meditation as I’m terrible at getting myself to sit still, but I need it so badly!
Once I have some more information I hope to write a follow up post but for now I just wanted to share what I have discovered.
Stay Strong xxx