The Stress of Having a Child with ADHD
Good parenting has never been an easy task and it seems to be getting more challenging as kids face a whole new multitude of problems with technology of their generation. Unfortunately, one of the problems we are still dealing with is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or what is more commonly known as ADHD. Thankfully, however, there are ways to help deal with the stress that comes along with ADHD – natural treatments you can feel good about.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, predominant symptoms of ADHD include but are not limited to problems with focus, impulse control, and hyperactivity. As you struggle with your kids, their symptoms, the doctors, and your questions, your stress levels are bound to reach maximum capacity. There’s so much to keep track of and so much to do and there never seems to be any end in sight – so what do you do?
Take Care of You
When you take better care of yourself, you take better care of your kids. If you’re burnt out, frazzled, and constantly exhausted by life, you won’t have anything left of yourself for your kids. But you knew that already. To help you be the parent you want to be for your ADHD children, here are a few little reminders to help you get through the day.
- Live one day at a time – You already have enough going on to worry about for today so don’t bog yourself down with worries about all the “what-ifs” of tomorrow or next week. Be present for each moment in the now. Even for the bad stuff. There’s a life lesson to be learned in every experience, so don’t miss out.
- Keep things in perspective – Remember that ADHD is a disorder. When they mess up, don’t take it personally and don’t hold a grudge. Life is far too short for grudges and when your child is grown and moved out of the house, you’ll likely be finding yourself missing the exact things that frustrate you now.
- Be willing to compromise – If you give your child a list of things to do and they don’t all get done, do your best to focus on what they did do; praise them for both their effort and how well it turned out. Creating tension because something did not get done will only exacerbate the situation and will likely make things worse.
- Take breaks – Finding a qualified sitter to stay with your child so you can go out to dinner is a requirement. Give yourself permission to have time away from your ADHD kiddo because it gives you both a break. Don’t feel guilty about it – they need time away from you, too.
- Hang on to your sense of humor – This is true for anyone, but especially for caregivers. You are only human. Your child is only human. Whatever catastrophe seems so fatal now will likely be a favorite story to share and laugh about later. Keep sight of that and appreciate the smiles it will bring ten years from now.
- Relax Already – It’s nice to know there’s an effective natural therapy available for whatever ails you. Relax Already works to calm your nerves from anxiety and helps you relax when you are under stress. It’s gentle so you don’t wake up feeling like you were out partying all night and you wake actually feeling rested. Some natural relaxants knock you out so hard when you wake up the next morning you feel worse than you did the night before. Relax Already’s proprietary formula, Valflora, is comprised of natural ingredients known to be effective for calming both your mind and body. Valerian root, lemon balm, chamomile flower, cramp bark, and passionflower are combined with magnesium to make Relax Already a safe, effective, all natural therapy allowing you to say goodbye to frazzled nerves and restless sleep. Stone Age Wellness also makes Sleep Already, which when used at night is a great sleep aid.