ADHD and Stress.
With ADHD, we experience a lot of stress. With more stress, our ADHD symptoms intensify. This makes it harder to function, which creates more stress. Can you see where this is going?
Some years ago, I saw a post from Dr. Weil on 4-2-6-2 breathing. I wasn’t impressed. More woo woo stuff. But, I thought I’d try it. Tried it. No benefit. Wasn’t surprised.
More recently, I learned another breathing technique, for very specific situations of distress:
Breathe in, through your nose, what you need, from God, or nature, or the universe – wherever your good stuff might come from. Breathe in peace, or calmness, or equanimity, or optimism, etc.
Breathe out, through your mouth, what you need to get rid of- anger, frustration, despair, hopelessness, etc.
Repeat several times.
Tried it. To my surprise, nay, amazement, it worked.
Back to Dr Weil
So then I tried the 4-2-6-2 technique. Guess what? It worked, too.
So now I have two new good tools to help me deal with stress, one for specific situations, at the moment, and one for use in general, daily. For ADHD, we need tools.
Will these work for everyone? I have no idea. Do you have to believe in them for them to work? Apparently not. I have found that for them to be effective you do need to repeat them at least several times, and you need to keep practicing them. They become more effective with practice.
To learn the 4-2-6-2 technique, clik the link
Dr Weil on breathing (Here he shows a different 4-7-8 pattern. I don’t know where I got 4-2-6-2, but it works.)
To go to sleep, return to sleep, decrease anxiety, if angry, if craving, daily.
Question O the Day:
Do you have experience with breathing tools, or with other stress relieving approaches?
PS O the Day: There are of course many other tools for reducing stress, both ongoing and immediate, for specific situations and in general: exercise, prayer, meditation, get outside, breaks, and on and on.