If you have ADHD, would you like to know how mindful awareness can help you focus?
First, what is mindful awareness and what does it have to do with ADHD focus problems? Psychiatrist and adult ADHD specialist Dr. Lidia Zylowska http://lidiazylowska.com/about/mindfulness-for-adhd/ describes it as the [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]…ability to tune in to the present moment where everything happens in real time….[/quote] Zylowska’s research suggests that people with distractibility issues can learn to train their brains to be more focused and less distracted. The brain can change.
What Scientists Say About Mindfulness and ADHD
Over the past several years, scientists like Dr. Kelly McGonigal, (http://kellymcgonigal.com/), Dr. Rick Hanson( http://www.rickhanson.net/), Dr. Kristen Neff (http://www.self-compassion.org/), and Dr. Richie Davidson (http://richardjdavidson.com/), among many others, noticed that those who lose focus are good at learning mindful awareness practices. That’s interesting news for adults and children with ADHD focus issues.
Benefits for Those with ADHD Focus Problems
They underscore the BENEFIT of being aware of distracting thoughts that inevitably come during periods of noticing the present moment. Re-focusing thoughts to the present builds the capacity within the structures of the brain to re-focus during other every-day tasks, like work, school, even communication and relationships. It sounds odd, but the more a person loses focus in present moment, the more that person can learn how to re-focus.
Other Benefits of Mindfulness
In addition to improving attention and focus, mindful awareness training also:
- Reduces stress, anxiety, depression
- Supports a healthy brain
- Improves impulse control
- Promotes positive emotions
- Helps with making positive relationships
- Opens up awareness of personal strengths
- Helps with making better choices
Who should know about Building Mindfulness?
- Parents of children with ADHD
- HR professionals working on ADA compliance issues
- Mangers with employees struggling with work-place productivity
- Adults with ADHD struggling at work
- People with communication and relationship issues
- Students challenged by deadlines and projects
Developing this brain capacity through even short periods of practice is not that difficult. Even children can learn.
Try This 8-Step Experiment
So, “mindful awareness of the present” is what puts the “savor” in TimeSavor Coaching. Try this 8 step experiment:
- Allow yourself to feel calm and safe
- Take some slow, deep breaths to help this feeling take hold
- Now: Notice a common object in your environment — a book, a throw pillow, a flower, a blade of grass — anything that catches your attention
- For the next two or three minutes, look at that object as if it were the very first time you ever saw it
- Get curious about it — curious like a little child, or like someone from another distant, very different place
- Imagine how you might tell someone else who has never seen this object before
- Imagine that this might be the last time you see this for a very, very long time
- If you get distracted with thoughts of the past or future, gently bring your attention back without judgment or self-scolding
You can try this with your other senses, too. You are not at all limited to “savoring” only through vision!
I’d like to help
If you’re curious about how mindful awareness works with ADHD coaching, please contact me for a complimentary session. http://www.timesavorcoaching.com/contact/