-Mayah Taylor, MA
Adderall and other stimulant drug use is constantly rising. More and more people seek out the use of these drugs whether they are legally prescribed to them or not because they increase alertness, attention, and energy. But do you actually need these stimulant drugs to succeed? Are these drugs the only way to achieve alertness, attention, and more energy? Are there healthier alternatives to succeed without stimulants like Adderall? The answer is simple. Yes! If you feel you struggle with ADHD symptoms and you have previously used Adderall, but are no longer taking it and are wondering how to cope. Understand that it is possible to succeed and live life without Adderall.
Make a Plan for Success
A great way to aid you in staying focused and on task is to maintain a schedule and keep yourself organized and structured. You can even set alarms for yourself to remind you of important deadlines. Try to avoid multitasking as it can increase stress and anxiety and you are least likely to be focused. Prioritizing tasks and focusing on one task at a time, is a better way to be efficient and successful at task completion. Also a healthy tip to implement into your life is making time to relax and take breaks. Often times when there is so much to do and so little time we forget to give ourselves time to take a step back and breathe throughout the day. Giving yourself a few minutes to relax and let your mind roam free, which gives you a chance to come back to a task with a clear mind and more focus.
A major problem that those who seek stimulants is the inability to pay attention and becoming easily distracted. Practicing mindfulness describes a state of sustained attention to the present moment. Healthy activities that can help you practice mindfulness are meditation, deep breathing exercises, visualization exercises, or mindful walks. Another important way to succeed without Adderall is to simply take care of yourself. To do that, focus on making sure you fuel your body with nutrition, stay hydrated, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep.
If you are interested in some FREE mindfulness apps for your mobile device, please click here and download the list. Guided meditations especially can be helpful for those that are new to the practice of meditation. You are meditating in response to the guidance provided by the teacher or instructor using sound, text, video or a combination of all three.