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ADHD: Tips you can try

People with ADHD have differences that affect attention. They are more easily distracted than people who do not have ADHD. They often have trouble staying organized, concentrating, and finishing what they start.

ADHD also affects behavior. Some people have trouble sitting still, waiting, and listening. Some of them interrupt too often or get upset easily. Others do things in a hurry instead of taking their time. ADHD affects everyone differently.

If you have ADHD, you already know that it can lead to misunderstandings and frustration at times. ADHD makes things harder for you at school, at home, and with your friends. But this disorder doesn’t have to make you hold back. Instead, learn as much as you can about ADHD.

Learning to manage ADHD is something that takes time; it’s nothing that can be fixed on the fly. Treating ADHD may involve taking medication or working with a therapist. Most children with ADHD do both.

You can also try the following tips when you are at school:

Sit in the front rows of the classroom to limit distractions.

Turn off your phone when doing homework. This will limit your distractions.

Talk to your teacher about ADHD. Some students with ADHD may need extra time to take tests. Some need smaller class sizes or a quieter place to work. Others need the help of a tutor. Ask your teacher to help you plan and do what is best for you.

Use tools to help you stay organized. Write down assignments and homework either on a phone app or in the school planner. Write down things you need to take home. Set reminders on your phone for classes and other activities, or write them down in your planner and get in the habit of checking it.

Exercise a lot. Daily physical exercise can improve attention and school performance in people with ADHD. It is also good for the flow of positive emotions.

Take breaks when you are doing an activity. If you feel restless while at school, ask your teachers to let you take short breaks that allow you to get up and move around. This can help you concentrate better when you sit down again. When studying or doing homework, take short breaks often.

Learn to meditate. Mindfulness meditation can improve attention, memory and concentration. It can also reduce stress. It’s easy to learn. Set aside a few minutes to practice it each day.

Set aside time to do activities you enjoy. Cultivate your strengths, using them every day. Spend time with people who see you as you are and appreciate you.

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