ADHD tips, information & advice

If you find it hard to focus (especially when there’s lots of background noise), are forgetful or find yourself frequently losing things, are particularly fidgety, or find that you’re constantly restless, you could have ADHD.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can either cause inattention or hyperactivity. People with hyperactive ADHD might be restless, impulsive and have difficulty waiting, while those with inattentive-type ADHD might find it difficult to stay focused, and may be forgetful and disorganized. Everyone has different symptoms but one thing that’s common across both types of ADHD is the struggle to focus in noisy environments that are full of distractions.

Despite an ever-increasing knowledge and awareness of ADHD, there are still common misconceptions about the condition. ADHD doesn’t just affect kids – many kids and adults alike have ADHD. Having ADHD doesn’t mean that you’re lazy or unintelligent – it simply means that your brain’s wired differently. Plus, while some people think that the only way to manage ADHD is with medication, this isn’t the case. There are lots of coping strategies you can try to manage your symptoms and find your focus.

Whether you have an ADHD diagnosis, suspect you have ADHD, or have a loved one with the condition, we’ve gathered together all the information and ADHD focus tips you need to know, right here in one place.

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Strategies for managing ADHD

When it comes to managing ADHD, there are various coping strategies that you can adopt – and the right techniques for you depend on your symptoms. If you often feel overwhelmed or find it hard to focus, establishing a structured routine can help to keep you on track. Breaking tasks down into smaller steps can make them easier to handle, while using visual aids like calendars and to-do lists can improve your organization and time management.

Incorporating regular breaks into your day can help to hold your attention and prevent burnout. Regular exercise, mindfulness and meditation can also help to improve your attention, while turning off your smartphone (or at least turning off notifications) can reduce digital distractions.

Navigating noise sensitivity

Individuals with ADHD often experience heightened noise sensitivity due to difficulties in filtering and processing sensory information. It’s common for people with ADHD to find it difficult to filter out ambient or irrelevant sensory stimuli. This overload to the senses can easily overwhelm someone with ADHD, making it impossible for them to concentrate on the real task or situation at hand.

Some tactics for coping with ADHD and noise sensitivity in adults include:

  •  Use noise earplugs in noisy places to reduce auditory distractions and create a quieter, calmer environment.
  • Designate quiet zones at work or home to retreat to when noise becomes overwhelming.
  • Use white noise, incorporating it into your day to mask distracting sounds and make it easier to concentrate.

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