If you are an adult living with ADHD who doesn't want to take prescription medications, then you are certainly not alone. With today's rising healthcare costs and employer drug testing, many adults with ADHD search for non-medication ways to help control their condition.
Over the last couple of decades, there has been a lot of medical research into the causes of ADHD and how it should best be managed. Though for some people medication is going to be the best option, the following alternative ADHD treatments have also shown to be effective:
Tightly Schedule Your Time — In Writing
Since ADHD makes you distracted and much more likely to veer off track and waste valuable time during the day, it is important you tightly schedule your time. And, it needs to be a written schedule you can continually refer to throughout the day.
By having your schedule sitting in front of you at all times and checking off each task as you complete it, you will stay on task. By the end of the day, you will have finished everything you wanted to get done and won't be left wondering where all your time went.
Listen to Music
If you are distracted by the sounds of other people or machinery at work, then listening to music in earbuds is a great way to drown out the noise. Choose music that is relaxing and instrumental for maximum concentration. If you choose music that you will be tempted to sing along with, then your brain will be distracted by the words. Using instrumental music helps you avoid this situation.
Close the Blinds in Your Office
Whether your office has windows overlooking the outdoors or an interior space, you can greatly reduce their distraction factor by closing the blinds. This simple action prevents your brain from being distracted every time someone drives or walks by and helps you stay on task.
Lastly, people who are living with ADHD have many professional counseling options that have been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms and increasing productivity. Simple mindfulness and meditation techniques will help you concentrate and bring yourself back to a productive place when you get off track. Talk therapy helps you move past issues stuck in your brain that play themselves over and over when you get stressed. Therapies such as CBT help you define and reach your goals in more productive ways.