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Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation: What’s the Difference? [Infographic]

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between mindfulness and meditation? Both mindfulness and meditation are helpful techniques for ADHD. Understanding how to use each might help you in designing your practice. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the everyday moment. Meditation enhances your ability to be more mindful…
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Four Steps to Mindfulness

Four Steps to Mindfulness [Telesummit Audio Recording]

The following is the audio recording and transcript of Four Steps to Mindfulness, which originally aired as part of the 2016 Succeed with ADHD Telesummit hosted by Laurie Dupar.
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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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Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Last week I tuned in for a session with Stephanie Sarkis and Laurie Dupar on the Succeed with ADHD Telesummit. What caught my attention was when she and Laurie started talking about diaphragmatic breathing.
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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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Balance Out a Bad Day

Using Mindfulness to Balance Out a Bad Day

As the proud owner of an ADHD brain, you already know that sometimes our minds just do what they want to do without a lot of input from us. Though we come with no owner’s manual, we learn what we can in order to function well and move through the world as successfully as we can. This can produce a lot of fluctuation in mood and energy levels on a day to day basis. If we are not careful, this can leave us in a rut, held captive by whether or not today is a “good day.” 
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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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Small Steps to Begin Again

Small Steps to Begin Again

Waking up at 3:00 AM is typical for me. Falling back to sleep is not. One night, or maybe two in a row, does not really impact my functioning or mood. The third and forth nights, though, lead to irritability and scattered thoughts. My interactions with my son after a few of these nights…
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Mindfulness in a Minute

Mindfulness in a Minute [Podcast]

In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, I join guest host and ADHD Coach Caroline Maguire to talk about "Mindfulness in a Minute," meditation, ADHD-Informed mindfulness, and how to use cues to get you actually practicing.
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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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4 steps to design an ADHD-Informed Practice

4 Steps to Design an ADHD-Informed Practice

Follow these 4 steps to design an ADHD-Informed Practice for mindfulness and meditation that is customized just for you. 1. Use As-If Planning: As-if you could follow your plan without any issues or problems getting in your way, what would you want your mindful practice to look like? Ask yourself these questions…
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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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