Finding Focus: How Mindfulness Helps With ADHD
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From feeling lost and overwhelmed to discovering a lifeline, this transcript explores the unexpected twist that brought mindfulness and ADHD together.
But what happens next? Keep reading to find out.
In this episode, I share my personal experience with ADHD and how mindfulness techniques have helped me manage my symptoms and improve my overall well-being. By slowing down and paying attention to my body and mind, I’ve learned to accept and acknowledge my thoughts and feelings rather than suppress or ignore them.
I discuss various mindfulness practices that have worked for me, such as breathing exercises, guided meditation, and journaling. I also highlight the importance of taking time for oneself without external distractions and focusing on simple tasks. By doing so, individuals can become more aware of their body and improve their focus and overall well-being.
In this episode, you will be able to:
- Dive into the transformative power of mindfulness and how it can help alleviate the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD.
- Learn various calming techniques, such as guided meditation and controlled breathing, tailored for ADHD management.
- Uncover the role of mindfulness in bolstering concentration and managing emotions for improved day-to-day functioning.
- Tap into the innate strengths of ADHD and use mindfulness as a tool to amplify these assets.
- Grasp the significance of being present in the moment and embracing one’s feelings and sensations for a deeper self-understanding.
There are various mindfulness techniques that can cater to different preferences, ensuring individuals can find a method that best suits their needs. Popular approaches include deep-breathing exercises, body scans, yoga, and meditation. For those seeking a less traditional route, mindfulness can be applied during daily tasks such as cooking or showering, by turning off distractions and making a conscious effort to be present in the moment. I shares some of the mindfulness techniques I employs, such as journaling or “morning brain dumps” that allow me to release built-up thoughts and emotions. I also mentions guided meditation and breathing exercises, as well as integrating mindfulness into daily activities like walking or eating without distractions. By experimenting with various techniques, I encourage you to find practices that resonate with your personal preferences and experiences.
Importance of Mindfulness for ADHD
Individuals with ADHD often benefit from incorporating mindfulness as it allows them to become more aware of their attention and emotions, making it easier to manage their symptoms. Developing mindfulness skills can lead to increased focus and attention, decreased impulsivity, and improved emotional regulation. Additionally, mindfulness has the potential to accentuate the unique strengths and abilities that are common among individuals with ADHD, such as creativity, adaptability, and resilience. For me, mindfulness has proven essential in managing my ADHD symptoms. It’s had a positive impact it has had on my life, particularly regarding increased focus and emotional regulation.
Benefits of Mindfulness
The benefits of mindfulness for individuals with ADHD are numerous, including increased focus, reduced impulsivity, and improved emotional regulation. By bringing attention to the present moment, mindfulness gradually trains the mind to become more aware of the sensations, thoughts, and feelings that arise. This increased awareness allows individuals to recognize when their attention is wandering and helps develop strategies to refocus on the task at hand. Additionally, mindfulness can assist in identifying emotional triggers and understanding how to respond to them effectively, leading to improved emotional resilience.
The resources mentioned in this episode are:
- Try guided meditation with apps or YouTube videos.
- Practice box breathing by inhaling for three or five counts, holding for three counts, exhaling for three counts, and holding for three counts.
- Eat without distractions like phones or TVs.
- Take walks without any distractions like podcasts or phone calls.
- Learn how to be alone without external noise or distractions.
- Try yoga to help with mindfulness.
- Journal in the morning to do a brain dump and write down goals and power statements.
- Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings to be more mindful.
- Use specific breathing techniques to calm down the nervous system.
- Take time to figure out what you are feeling or thinking and deal with it instead of avoiding it.
Timestamped summary of this episode:
00:00:00 – Introduction, Samantha Leith introduces the podcast and her passion for exploring anything and everything that can help us be extraordinary.
00:02:20 – Mindfulness and ADHD, Samantha shares her personal experience with ADHD and how mindfulness has helped her manage the symptoms of inattentiveness. She explains that mindfulness is not just about sitting in meditation but also being aware of one’s mind and body.
00:04:20 – Benefits of Mindfulness, Samantha discusses how mindfulness changes the brain by strengthening decision-making and concentration while reducing impulsivity and aggression. Mindfulness also helps increase focus, manage emotions, and reduce mind-wandering.
00:09:06 – Mindfulness Techniques, Samantha shares various mindfulness techniques that have helped her manage her ADHD symptoms, including journaling, guided meditation, breathing exercises, and being aware of physical sensations in the body. She also emphasizes the importance of eating without distractions and going for walks without any devices.
00:15:45 – Conclusion, Samantha concludes the podcast by reiterating the benefits of mindfulness for everyone, not just those with ADHD, and encourages listeners to try different mindfulness techniques to find what works best for them.
00:16:17 – Importance of Mindfulness for ADHD, Samantha shares how mindfulness has helped her manage her ADHD and reduce external noise. She discusses the benefits of paying attention to the body, practicing yoga, journaling, and breathing techniques.
00:17:17 – Cultivating Mindfulness in Daily Life, Samantha encourages listeners to incorporate mindfulness practices into their daily routines. She suggests simple tasks like cooking without distractions and spending time in the shower to calm the mind.
00:18:52 – Mindfulness Practices for ADHD, Samantha shares a mindfulness practice that has helped her manage her ADHD. She recommends taking a few minutes in the shower to focus on breathing and thinking, while waiting for hair conditioning or face mask treatments.
00:19:54 – Simple Mindfulness Techniques to Try, Samantha encourages listeners to try different mindfulness techniques, including walking without distractions, circular box breathing, journaling, and meditating with guided meditations.
00:21:04 – Join the Club for Personal Development,S amantha invites listeners to join her monthly membership program, The Club, which provides coaching and tools for personal development. She encourages listeners to visit her website for more information.