Anger and ADHD
- Get moving. Experts highly recommend exercise to help alleviate aggression and anger. Physical activity not only provides a distraction, but exerts pent-up energy while releasing ‘feel-good’ endorphins, which can settle mood. Team-building sports can also strengthen relationships with peers.
- Force a time-out. Learning to control impulsivity is a big challenge for those with ADHD, but simply pausing and counting slowly to 10 allows time to cool down and rationally respond.
- Talk it out. Children especially have difficulty moderating their emotions, and sometimes getting them to articulate the cause(s) of their frustration can greatly diffuse hostility. Child behaviorists even suggest letting them explore their creative side by venting their emotions into artwork, such as painting a picture of how a situation is making a child feel. Taking this a step further and asking a child to express the intent of the picture verbally can reinforce the goal of the activity.
- Go natural. Homeopathic ingredients, such as Arsen iod (30C), are helpful to promote balance during temper outbursts, plus helps suppress annoyance when confronted with trying and frustrating circumstances.
- Get adequate sleep. A tired child is much more likely to be a cranky, uncooperative child! Help your child establish a healthy sleep routine.
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