Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry


Lifestyle Changes to Improve Symptoms of ADHD

Although Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is genetically acquired, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about it. After all, it can be also environmental. You may not have any control on your genes, but you totally have control on your diet or your sleeping habits. These factors also contribute greatly on ADHD symptoms.

So, if your child has ADHD, this blog aims to highlight some useful lifestyle changes that can positively impact ADHD symptoms. Many studies suggest that even simple changes in diet, exercise and sleep habits can help lessen the severity and impact of ADHD on your child’s everyday life.

 Encourage your children to get more physically active.

Getting regular exercise can help children with ADHD improve their focus and academic performance. Children with ADHD needs to develop an active lifestyle as it helps them to avoid distraction and to focus on any task given to them.

 They should have limited screen time.

In this technology driven world we have today, everyone—including young kids, seems to be wrapping their heads around apps better than anything. Kids around elementary school age should only have about 1 to 2 hours of screen time per day. Children who exceeds this time tends to be have sedentary lives which can be bad, especially for ADHD symptoms.

 They should get a good night’s sleep.

Everyone needs sufficient sleep and rest for a healthy mind and body. Getting enough sleep regulates the mood and improve attention throughout the day. Also, recent studies show that the ADHD symptoms are significantly lessened or even eliminated when children sleep more soundly.

Although those with ADHD may think of sleeping or resting a complete waste of time, they need to be encouraged to go for restorative sleep.

As much as possible, you should be able to build an environment away from distractions for your children. This will increase their focus and help them develop organization skills. Get in touch with a professional who specializes in treating children with ADHD, so you can build a more effective plan designed to manage all their ADHD symptoms.



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