5 Solutions for Lowering Stress This Summer | Sharon Saline, Psy.D. | 5 Min Read

July 12, 2023

Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, warmer temperatures and sunny days mean one thing: summer has finally arrived. Summer is the season of play, rest and relaxation for people who wait all year for the flowers, the birds and fresh produce. For many adults with ADHD, summer can be a blessing and a curse. The break in familiar routines for maintaining mornings, bedtimes, exercise, cleaning, self-care or meals can be both freeing and destabilizing. Instead of knowing what to expect from day to day, vacations, kids out of school and family gatherings mean schedule changes and breaks in routines. Although you may crave a break from the daily work-life-family stress of your life, it can be tough to know how to actually shift gears and enjoy the change.

The Benefits of Rest

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Ovid, one of the great poets of ancient Rome, wrote: “Take rest; a field that has rested gives bountiful crop.” What does it mean for adults with ADHD to rest? What does relaxation look like for you? There are countless benefits to getting proper rest. You allow your body and mind to heal and reset. You can think clearly and have an easier time making decisions. When you’re well-rested, your mood, immune response, and sleep quality improve, while anxiety, pain, and blood pressure decrease. Getting good rest is a fundamental part of self-care, and all too often we make the mistake of not making it a priority in our daily lives.

Stress Gets in the Way of Rest

Most of my clients discuss the stress in their lives during our sessions. Whether they are worried about something that they can control and have to do (productive worry) or they are worried about something that lies outside of their control (toxic worry), they are troubled by the tension related to a challenging situation or relationship. Sometimes people feel so tapped out by persistent stress that they wind up running on empty but unable to pause or reset.

Stress occurs when there are too many pressures on your mind and body: it’s a matter of too much. When people are stressed, they look for a quick fix to get their lives under control. They experience physical symptoms and keep searching for a magic solution to make it all…

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Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. is a top expert in ADHD and neurodiversity. Dr. Saline specializes in an integrative approach to managing ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning skills, learning differences and mental health issues in neurodiverse and 2e children, teens, college-age adults and families. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she brings a positive, strength-based approach to improving the challenges related to attention, learning and behavior. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA, Dr. Saline helps people reduce frustration, develop daily living skills, communicate better and feel closer. An internationally sought-after lecturer, workshop facilitator, and educator/clinician trainer, she adeptly addresses topics ranging from making sense of ADHD and executive functioning skills to managing anxiety to understanding the teen brain. You may contact Dr. Sharon Saline at https://drsharonsaline.com.