Getting better at this. Just sitting takes discipline (willpower, self control) which is not a strong point with ADD or ADHD. I say, “Oh, yeah, I will sit right after I finish this blog.” and then I jump right into something else instead. But it clearly is helpful, I’m gonna keep it up.
But I learned that my goal of three times a day was just not reasonable. Now I am sitting once a day, and i use the timer on my i phone, and have got up to 9 minutes now
Also learned that I need to keep my eyes open; if I close them I drift right into prayer, meditation, or sleep, all good things but doing something, not just sitting.
Of course, I think of the next thing to do and have the urge to jump up but can control it (tho uses up some willpower) and let go of the thought and return to just being. Realize I used to sometimes be able to do this on vacation, just sit and watch the ocean, or watch the birds and the trees.
This sitting helps replenish willpower, tho it uses some also. By posting about it, I’m locking myself in (strategy); will have to own up to it if I let it lapse.
Baumeister’s experiments show that when we use willpower, to do something different, form a new habit, make ourself do something, that it strengthens our willpower. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I am a psychiatric physician.
I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better.
Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD
available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books)
Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book).
This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year.
As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation.
Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them.
The Bully was published in January, 2016.
It's in print or e book, on Amazon.