Surprising Hobbies That Can Help You Manage ADHD

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As someone with ADHD who has fallen victim to hyperfixation that leaves a trail of half-attended hobbies in my past, I’m aware that you might feel hesitant about this topic. I get it! Why start something if you’re pretty sure you’re going to give it up? However, going into a hobby with a reason is a great way to stay committed. For hobbies below, the reason is that they can help you manage ADHD symptoms. Interested? Read on for some surprising options!


Did you know that being active can help you manage ADHD symptoms and improve your executive functioning? That’s why a sport of any kind is a great hobby to pick up. These activities provide a structured environment that helps improve focus. Physical activity also releases endorphins, which can reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Here are some other fantastic sports to try:

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  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Boxing
  • Rock climbing
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Team sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc.)

If you add sports into your routine, you’ll invest in a super productive hobby that is fantastic for your body and mind.


Give your hyperfixation something to fixate on with puzzles. The best part of this hobby is that there are so many types of puzzles in the world to choose from! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • 3D block puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Crosswords
  • Riddles

These activities engage your brain and demand concentration—but in a fun way!

You can even take puzzles and apply them to the real world. You might enjoy developing a knack for escape rooms and tackling these challenges with friends. Locksport is another real-world puzzle application that you can practice on your couch with the best beginner’s tools for lockpicking.

Whatever type of puzzle you go for, you’ll get a mental workout that keeps the mind sharp while offering a satisfying sense of achievement.

Arts and Crafts

Finally, diving into arts and crafts can be incredibly therapeutic and help calm the racing thoughts in your brain. From painting to embroidery, these hobbies allow you to express creativity while improving fine motor skills. They can also be a great way to relax and de-stress after a long and exhausting day.

Additionally, arts and crafts don’t have to be expensive. Some crafts are naturally cheap, like coloring, and others have plenty of supplies waiting for you at thrift and dollar stores, like knitting.

Have you already tried any of these surprising hobbies that can help you manage ADHD? If not, give them a shot! At the very least, you’ll have some fun along the way. I hope one of these options works for you.

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