What do I mean by this? Hear me when I say that if you’re swilling a 1.25L bottle of coke in the afternoon to wash down the chips you’ve just had about two hours before sitting down for a big ol’ plate of fried chicken, it’s not your ADHD that’s stopping you from getting better sleep or being more productive…
It’s your lifestyle.
No matter what your approach is with ADHD, whether you choose to go medication free or use the meds, it’s important that you make it as effective as possible by improving your lifestyle and treating your ADHD with the best foundations possible.
Is the best way to do this by using heavily guarded secrets, available only to the Global Elite and Top-Performing Athletes? I don’t believe so.
The best way to do this is by focusing on the basics.
The Best (And Easiest) Ways To Build A Better Lifestyle With Rock Solid Foundations
1. Turn off the lights
Would you believe that poor sleep has been linked to an increase in breast cancer risk?
It has, and for good reason. You see, sleep deprivation is responsible for increasing the release of insulin and cortisol and lowering testosterone, DHEA and growth hormone. Insulin and cortisol increases result in insulin resistance and a spare tire around your stomach, while lower levels of testosterone, DHEA and growth hormone has a negative effect on your body’s tissue repair process.
In a nutshell – bad sleep means a bad body.
So how do we ensure that you get better sleep? By addressing the three pillars of sleep: how smoothly you fall asleep and wake up, the quality of the sleep you get and the quantity of the sleep you get.
The quickest way to do this is to take the time to unwind at the end of each day without electronic devices, sleep in a completely blacked out environment (no lights, no tv, no phones, no displays) and sleep for a minimum of 7.5 hours.
2. Get moving!
Let’s get one thing straight – the collection of highly developed muscles, organs, bones and skin that you call a body has not gone through the evolutionary process so that you can sit on the couch and watch TV.
Your body was made to move.
Now barring any permanent or debilitating injuries, you should be getting out and about and being active a couple of times per week – preferably with a mix of High Intensity Training and endurance. This activity alone will increase your positivity, focus and health through a mixture of biological and chemical reactions, giving you the foundation you need to really take charge of your ADHD.
3. Fuel your body like the finely tuned machine that it is
Just like you wouldn’t put second rate fuel or watered down sugar into a Porsche and expect it to run to potential, neither should you expect the same of your body. You need to give your body the fuel it needs to run at maximum potential – and with minimal downside.
In The S.E.E.D. Approach to Drug Free ADHD, I outline a collection of simple guides and rules that can help you start fueling your body in the right way with minimal confusion. Of all these rules, this is my favorite:
“Shop at the supermarket, but eat like it doesn’t exist.”
Don’t fill your shopping cart with processed foods, foods with high sugar content or old produce. Instead, fill it with protein rich, fresh produce including (but not limited to) cuts of meat, fresh vegetables and some fruits.
By ensuring that your diet is high in what your body needs to perform, and low in the crap that slows it down and hinders your abilities, you’ll ensure that you’re working towards optimal daily performance with ease… and building a strong life foundation in the process.
4. Stick with it
Ever heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? The same goes for building a foundation for a better life with ADHD.
For the majority of your life, you’ve probably held habits that haven’t been beneficial to your ADHD. Maybe you haven’t been as active as you could be, perhaps you’ve been fueling your body with subpar foods, or maybe you just haven’t been getting enough sleep.
The process of building rock solid foundations for ADHD happens day by day as you start, stick with and begin to benefit from the actions you take.
Why Changing Your Lifestyle Will Change Everything
I look at your lifestyle as being for the foundation for everything you do in life – your health, your concentration, your relationships, the list goes on. As a result, if you want the various areas of your life to be as optimal as possible, you need to build strong foundations.
The metaphor that illustrates this best is that of a house. The house is your life and the way that you live, and your lifestyle is the foundations you built it on. If you build a house on sand, it won’t be able to weather a storm and will eventually fall apart… but if you build your house on the rocks, you’ll find that you can take most challenges head on without fearing for your safety.
What can you do to improve your foundations? If you’ve got any questions, pop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.