Mikaela Martin - Healthy Bites

Todays Topic is Stress and your Diet. Mikaela Martin, has her office in downtown Souderton and she has a column in the Souderton Independent called Healthy Bites. How do you help find the focus and balance needed to deter ADT?  In addition to reading Hallowell’s book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap, we recommend these tips, paraphrased from articles at Everyday Health and Time:

1. Downsize Distractions — “We’ve never seen in human history the technology that we have today” says Hallowell. “Why are we doing it? The short answer is because we can—because we can transmit so much information, we do. Because we can access so much information, we do. Because we can sign up for so many tasks, we do.”  Between cell phones, voicemail, instant messaging, and the Web, even a non-ADD, ADHD or ADT brain gets distracted. “Turn off instant messaging programs, check e-mail at prescheduled times (not randomly), and create an environment that is geared toward success,” says Caroline Miller, positive psychology and goal-setting specialist. The fewer audible, visual, and mental distractions you have, the more likely you are to stay on task.

2. Get Organized — “What I say to folks is: You don’t have to be super-organized. Just be well-enough organized to reach your goals,” says Hallowell.  Keep a daily to-do list, note events and appointments in a calendar, and post reminders in places where you can see them. When it comes to paper, remember the four D’s, suggests Miller: dump, do, delay (with a specific deadline), or delegate.

3. Get Moving — Exercise may improve ADD/ADHD symptoms, claims Floyd Sallee, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. “If you have blood pumping to your brain because you’re exercising, it does improve attention.” Some experts believe a workout can also enhance mood and make medication more effective. Incorporate some form of meditation into your regimen, and you may have a silver bullet for ADD, ADHD and ADT symptoms.

4. Eat a Power Breakfast — You’d be hard pressed to find anyone, with ADD, ADHD, ADT or not, who doesn’t lack focus a few hours after a doughnut-and-coffee breakfast. Instead of loading up with simple carbs, eat a combination of protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates (a hard-boiled egg and greens, or tofu scramble and fruit) to give your brain the fuel it needs to stay focused and on task.
5. Reward Yourself — If you don’t celebrate the small, everyday lifestyle changes, there will be times when your long-term goals are so far off, it will seem that there’s little payoff. Rewards can be as simple as a star on your calendar.  Pick something that’s unique to you and makes you feel good. You might even plan a weekend getaway and put aside a little money toward your travel plans every time you achieve a short-range goal. (Sources: Everyday Health and Time)

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