In today’s world, we sit around — a lot. For many of us our professional and personal lives tend to be pretty sedentary. And that’s particularly problematic if you were diagnosed with the hyperactive type of ADHD. The last thing you probably can do is sit still — or hide your restlessness.
According to psychologist Ari Tuckman, PsyD, in his comprehensive book More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD, “If you were hyperactive as a kid, odds are that you’re much less hyperactive now. You probably won’t be vibrating off your seat anymore, but you may feel restless if forced to sit for extended periods, like a long meeting or movie.”
You might need to channel that excess energy elsewhere. Here are five ways to calm hyperactivity at work from Tuckman’s excellent book.
1. Keep a regular workout routine.
Of course exercise is important for everyone, Tuckman writes, but it can be especially helpful in sharpening focus and creating calm for adults with ADHD.
2. Find a job where you don’t need to sit still.
Tuckman suggests finding a job such as in construction or sales – fields that allow for constant motion. Office jobs can count, too, if you’re regularly getting up and interacting with people, he writes.
3. Take active breaks.
Make the most of an inactive job by incorporating movement breaks. According to Tuckman, you can take the stairs, park farther away or take the long way to your office. “You may need to explain this to your bosses or coworkers, so tell them that the activity makes you more productive when you are back at your desk,” he writes.
4. Take advantage of your lunch hour.
You might be able to do well in a sedentary job if you make your lunch breaks especially active, Tuckman says. For instance, you can participate in an actual workout or take a walk, he says.
5. Switch jobs.
Tuckman acknowledges that this is a drastic decision. But, he writes, “If it’s just killing you to be so sedentary, then you may be better off finding something else.”
Learn more about ADHD expert Ari Tuckman at his website.
If you have ADHD, what helps you calm your hyperactivity at work?