As the new year brings students back to their classrooms, we thought it would be a good time to review a few helpful and easy life hacks, especially for those with ADHD and anxieties. (These suggestions are not a replacement for medication and therapy.)
Organize each day to improve focus, arrange important activities, and compartmentalize necessary tasks. A notebook or a phone app can be used to develop a routine which would include daily schedules, updated to-do lists, and reminders for appointments. Most importantly, it builds focus and a sense of control.
Manage the immediate environment by limiting distractions, including those that come via phones and computers. Web blockers can be used to prevent interruptions during work.
Create rewards based on the amount of time spent focused on a necessary task. For instance, twenty minutes of math work for twenty minutes of video games. (Pro Tip: Use a kitchen timer, not the phone.)
Share assignments and create mutual accountability by using the buddy system. Whether it’s a challenging subject matter or motivation to get started, sharing your feelings is an effective way of identifying them and making peace with them.
Keep to a sleep schedule, go to bed and wake up the same time every day. Avoid food, stimulants, electronics, and daytime napping several hours before bed. Create a cozy sleep environment. Review the day’s events and preview tomorrow’s. Tell yourself a bedtime story (make one up or remember the plot of a movie or book). If all that fails after 30-45 minutes, get up, stretch, meditate, and try again.
It is important to note that these are very simple steps to implement, and some people...
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