Recreational Sports as a Boredom Buster for Those with Behavioural Issues

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Anyone familiar with ADHD understands that boredom is one of the aspects that cause hyperactive behaviour. When an individual with ADHD becomes bored, the initial reaction is to find something, anything, which will relieve boredom. Unfortunately, for an individual with this behavioural issue, the boredom relief may come in the form of destructive behaviour. Those with ADHD are often thrill seekers, and since their impulse control is below average, oftentimes, a reasonable choice to cure the boredom cannot be made, which leaves them sometimes facing negative consequences for choices they did not necessarily have control over.

Intolerance for Boredom
For someone with ADHD, boredom is not the same for someone without ADHD. For someone with ADHD, boredom is actually intolerable both physically and mentally. Those without ADHD may find it hard to comprehend, and may not understand how boredom could cause such distress. For someone with ADHD, the minute boredom presents itself, action must be taken to dissuade it. Furthermore, the person with ADHD typically does not even realize they are acting in a hyperactive manner, only realising they need to get rid of the boredom and if that requires multi-tasking at the speed of a superhero, then so be it.

Producing Constructive Reactions to Boredom
Since those with ADHD commonly revert to destructive behaviours as part of a symptom of the disorder, it may be necessary to put a plan into place, so when the individual senses a hyperactive bout, he/she can attempt to deal with it in a constructive way. While this will not be easy or appealing, beginning to recognise triggers can help with redirecting behaviour. One way to attempt changes in behaviour may be to develop a list of constructive hobbies, such as drawing, writing or participating in athletic activities. This is no easy feat, but as part of cognitive therapy, the repeated practice of this one behaviour change can benefit the individual with ADHD greatly.

Exercise as the Ultimate Boredom Buster
Engaging in physical fitness can be one of the best boredom busters. Physical activity requires the use of both our mental and physical existence. It requires concentration, hand-eye coordination and is a great outlet for offsetting built up energy. But where can an individual with behavioural issues go to engage in fitness programs with like-minded individuals?

At a fitness centre designed for individuals with disabilities, the person struggling with hyperactive tendencies will find an outlet in one of the many recreational programs that are tailor made to fit the needs of those with intellectual disabilities, behavioural issues, and minor mobility issues. A variety of classes are available that include: MMA fitness, (Mixed Martial Arts fitness), Tennis, Indoor Soccer, Basketball, Boxing Drills, and Dance (including Hip-Hop and Zumba). All of the sports offered require mental and physical engagement and may be just the thing an individual with ADHD can add to their hobby list as a constructive outlet for when boredom sets in.

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A4D is a leading fitness and social based activity provider that caters to those with disabilities and behavioural problems. You can find more information at Activities 4 the Disabled.

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This article was published on 2012/03/29