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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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Myths about Mindfulness for ADHD

Myths about Mindfulness for ADHD [eBook]

Mindfulness seems like an obvious tool for ADHD, addressing core areas that are most problematic like attention, distractibility, memory, and emotions. But doubt comes flooding in as people think about actually practicing mindfulness for ADHD. Time to change that. In this eBook, we look at myths versus realities about mindfulness for ADHD.
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Mind Wandering

ADHD, Mind Wandering and Mindfulness Practice

What is your experience of mind wandering like? For many, mind wandering can sometimes be relaxing, a way to mentally kick back and let the mind play on its own terms.
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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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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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Mindfulness improves the quality of life

Mindfulness Improves the Quality of Life

This study looks into how mindfulness-based training can help adults with ADHD improve their attention, mood, and quality of life. This is important for people with ADHD because "ADHD is associated with a lower quality of life, decreased mood and arousal, and low motivation…" and, of course, inconsistent attention control. Anyone who…
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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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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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Metacognition as Conscious Awareness

Metacognition as Conscious Awareness

Practicing mindfulness—especially engaging in a regular mindfulness practice— can calm the emotions and benefit many of the “executive functions” by improving metacognition. Metacognition is a conscious awareness, or the ability to notice, think about, and regulate your thoughts and, thereby, choices.
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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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Automaticity is both friend and enemy

Automaticity is Both Friend and Enemy

Automaticity is habitually doing an activity the same way every time. It means overlearning something so you don't have to figure it out as if it were something new or unfamiliar to you. Automaticity is both friend and enemy and is a complicated topic for people with ADHD. An example of a task…
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Five More Minutes

Five More Minutes: Stop Procrastinating on Your Mindfulness

To say that I live my life in distraction would be an understatement. Adult ADHD is the number one obstacle to me accomplishing what I want to in the time I have allotted myself. There’s always something new to do, somewhere I have to be, and let’s not act like I am spacing my work out. I need something that I can use every day to help me manage my stress and keep my focus. Enter mindfulness, right? Well, not exactly.
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