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Meditating etc — ADD Tip o the Day 330
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Although it’s helpful, there is no need to do a formal sitting meditation to reap the benefits of being more mindful throughout the day. Learning to focus on a task, acknowledging distracting thoughts, and letting them go without engaging can be done while driving, taking a shower, eating, writing a report, or whatever task you set the intention to focus on. This can really help people with ADHD who might otherwise feel overwhelmed by the thought of sitting still and trying to clear their mind of thoughts. A walking meditation or being mindful of surroundings while walking can also be really great for people who have trouble sitting still. Deb
nice ideas. i think a lot of us have misconceptions about what is “required” for meditation.
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good! maybe there are a lot of nonspecific things – like a walk- that do help; espefcially when feeling overloaded.
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The walk or exercise is about getting my heart rate up for 15 or 20 minutes. There are a bunch of studies mentioned by John Ratey in his book “Spark” that say exercise creates chemicals that they refer to as “miracle grow for your brain”. Maybe it is just because I believe it is happening, but I’ve noticed getting out for a brisk walk really helps my brain to calm down. I am trying to make it one of my habits or strategies: Cue, feeling confused, frustrated, spacey, then go for a walk or something to get my heart rate up to 60% of my maximum heart rate for at least 15 minutes, feel better. I’m still not there, and most of the time it is difficult to fit in, but when I do it, it seems to help. There is walking meditation too, but I haven’t explored that yet. Thank you again for your book and the whole concept of the strategies.
that makes sense, tho i’m not clear how it works. i think for one thing it helps us focus on something else for a while and somehow helps get things into perspective. and i like your concept of a cue and making it a habit.
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Thank you for this post! When I was first being diagnosed with ADD a friend told me that meditation really helped him with his ADD. I’ve been trying… Also, making a very small aspiration, something I feel will help with the day, but is really easy to do, so I will succeed, has helped me a lot. It’s interesting how it seems just trying to meditate, even if I’m not “successful” at it, helps. Sometimes when my brain feels fried, I go for a walk or do 15 minutes or so of exercise and that helps too.