Many people want to sit and watch TV to relax when they are done with their tasks for the day. But adults with ADHD often aren’t entertained enough and feel restless. They reach for a bag of chips to give them something else to do. Instead, try doing crossword puzzles, knitting, or playing a game on your phone to stay more engaged. If you realize that you use food as a fidget while you’re doing something boring, try substituting a healthy snack like baby carrots.
Whenever possible, relax with activities that offer a higher stimulation level, like reading, which can satisfy you in itself rather than leaving you looking for something else to add on. Be careful if you’re a night owl. When everyone else is asleep and you’re bored, food can give the instant gratification you crave.