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Staying Mindful During the Holidays

Staying Mindful During the Holidays [Podcast]

I was excited to be invited to be a special guest for Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast Episode 278: Staying Mindful During the Holidays! I joined ADHD Coach Nikki Kinzer and broadcaster Pete Wright (also an adult with ADHD) to discuss ways that mindfulness can help people with ADHD stay calm during the holiday season.
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Start with STOP

Start with STOP

Mindfulness is not something I've ever pictured myself doing because it involved things I felt I was incapable of doing. I have ADHD. Sitting still and I are like frienemies. Until I learned to start with STOP.
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Executive Function Fitness

Executive Function Fitness for ADHD Folks

Think of mindfulness practices as short routines or “gym” sessions that exercise your executive functions. Performed consistently, mindfulness practices strengthen executive function fitness for ADHD folks and help you to be more mindfully fit.
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Effectiveness of Mindfulness for ADHD

Review of Effectiveness of Mindfulness for ADHD

Mindfulness is now considered a clinical intervention for many problems and disorders, including ADHD. As part of a complete treatment plan for ADHD, researchers continue to ask Does Mindfulness reduce ADHD symptoms and improve attention? So, these researchers did a review of the effectiveness of Mindfulness for ADHD.
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Pulling Up to the Pump

Fill Your Tank, Part 4

In this part of the Fill Your Tank series, we look at how to get started by pulling up to the pump. Gain the cognitive fuel you need by getting started in the right way - the most direct route between you and your goals that is custom designed for your ADHD mind…
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Fill Your Tank with Exercise

Fill Your Tank, Part 3

Running low on fuel makes it difficult to do things, like control attention, resist distractions, make decisions, and finish things. In this 4-part series, we will explore ways for you to fill your tank by getting more sleep, practicing mindfulness, exercising often, and pulling up to the pump. Here, we look at exercise…
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Forget about shoulds

Forget about Shoulds

"Shoulds" pile up, get listed on your to-do list, and sometimes make you feel guilty for not getting to. So instead of focusing on what you should do, let’s forget about shoulds and focus on what you should not do.
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Two Types of Meditation

Two Types of Meditation

Like almost anything else in this world, there isn’t just one way to meditate… there are several different ways to go about it. Though all of these approaches are valid in helping you calm your mind and they all reap various benefits of meditation, we have found that two types of meditation are particularly helpful to those with ADHD: Focused Attention and Open Monitoring.
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Mindfulness for ADHD Myths

Mindfulness for ADHD Myths

Lately when I talk with people about trying mindfulness for ADHD, their first reaction seems to be an immediate acknowledgement that this technique makes sense. They nod, with a sincere expression of interest. But then this expression is rapidly followed by one of amused doubt, even harrumphing. But the doubt…
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My "Go To" Practice

My Go-To Practice

I didn’t really know what anxiety was until the Holland Tunnel. Friends had described it, but until I was driving my family into the Tunnel, I hadn’t felt it for myself. I needed my go-to practice. I had to depend on my body. I slid into a practice that I had repeated many times before…
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not all neuroplasticity is created equal

Not all Neuroplasticity is Created Equal

When you start learning about mindfulness for ADHD you run into lots of talk about neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is just a fancy way to say: When we do something, we learn. When we learn, our brains change. If I've never knitted before and I start attending knitting classes at the local yarn shop…
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Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract: ADHD and Mindfulness

At first glance, ADHD and mindfulness appear to be opposites. But this research study shows that one ADHD characteristic might help opposites attract and make mindfulness easier for adults with ADHD. This study investigated what traits are involved in both ADHD and mindfulness. They also measured whether or not people with ADHD…
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