7 Exercises to reduce stress and calm the ADHD mind

runningStudies that compare physical exercise and psychological well-being show that exercise is a key component to emotional health. One study in Finland discovered that individuals who exercised 2-3 times a week experienced significantly less depression, anger, and stress than those exercising less frequently or not at all. They also found that those who exercised at least twice a week reported higher levels of sense of coherence and a stronger feeling of social integration.

Here are 7 exercises I found that are recommended to reduce stress, relax muscle tension, and calm the ADHD mind.

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood. Walking burns off excess energy and the repetitive thumping of feet hitting the pavement can bring the mind back into focus.
  • Practice yoga, this combines meditation, stretching, and physical movement which reduces stress and improves blood circulation.
  • Dance it out to your favorite silly song and let loose. Laughter is good medicine and you’ll reduce muscle tension while having fun.
  • Stationary exercises can be done sitting down. Practice tensing and relaxing each muscle group, starting at your toes and ending with your face. This process helps to relax your entire body.
  • Play a team sport like tennis, baseball, basketball, or soccer. Something that allows you to interact with others and hit a ball around, but that doesn’t encourage fighting (like football or hockey).
  • Clean house. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning that needs to be done, just give yourself one job. If you complete that job, great, you don’t need to do anymore. You’ll get some exercise and feel good about completing a task.
  • Just breathe. It only takes a few seconds and you can do it anywhere. Take a deep breath through your nose and imagine a calming scene. Slowly breathe out the stress and tension and repeat.

Before starting an exercise routine, consult with your doctor to ensure good cardiovascular health. Decide on the best method of exercise by considering your health, emotions, and environment.