Pause — ADHD Tip O the Day 889

Pause – a help with ADHD

Pause is a simple strategy I’m trying to turn into a habit.  I haven’t figured out what rule to make yet.  But the strategy is just to pause several times a day, or even more.  The simple part is that is all there is to it. you don’t need to try to control your thoughts or focus on your breathing or relax your muscles or pray do anything except pause.

In fact, I’m going to try it right now.




That was 11.61 seconds ( I used the stopwatch).  It felt good.  Maybe it cleared my brain a little?

Reasons to pause:

Pausing stops the giant internal flywheel, the pressure, the “hurry, hurry,” at least for a little while.  And sometimes it gives me the ability to be more aware of what I’m doing, what state of mind and emotion I’m in, and to reassess.  After the pause, not during.


Possible rules to use:

Set alarms, maybe once an hour, for pausing.  Seems awkward and inconvenient.

Pick another anchor, like pause every time I open or close a door.

But right now, I’m just pausing when I feel like it, and that’s working for the time being.  Maybe I won’t need a rule.  We’ll see.


Note O the Day:

You may recall I was practicing sitting for a while, which was a form of pausing. Not right now cause it only seems to work outside, and it’s colder than a booger here, 23 degrees F and snowing at the moment.  I’ll probably pick it up again in the spring.  The only difference from pausing is that sitting takes longer.

Quote O the Day:

My parents kept telling me, “When you’re older, you’ll understand.”

They were wrong.




Who, me?

About doug with ADHD

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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (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.
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