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Steps To Practice Mindfulness: Part II

Introduction

In my previous article, according to psychologytoday.com, I described mindfulness as the following:

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

This article will describe additional steps for individuals with ADHD to take to practice mindfulness skills.

Slow Down

Especially if you are anxious or have a lot of adrenaline, take a deep breath and slow down.  According to ADDitudeMag.com, the following can be noted:

If you are in full, high-speed adrenaline mode, you won’t be able to stop on a dime, change gears, and get into meditation mode. When you have calmed your system through meditation and a meditative approach to life, going to a deep state of relaxation will not be such a major transition. In the meantime, take time to settle down before you meditate. A hot bath might do the trick, or listening to soothing music. Set a timer for a wind-down ritual. Put your planner and your “to do” list away; get into comfortable clothing.

Be Active While Practicing Mindfulness

If you are active while practicing mindfulness, do not change this aspect of yourself.  Be active.  According to ADDitudeMag.com, the following can be noted:

Moving meditation is as good as the sitting variety. It is a better choice for the active individual with ADHD. You don’t need the additional distraction of an antsy body when your goal is to calm the mind. We recommend that the activity you choose for meditation be something simple and repetitive, like walking.

Conclusion

According to ADDitudeMag.com, the following can be stated to close this article:

It’s time to meditate. The thoughts in your head may still be clamoring for your attention. What do you do? When you notice your attention drifting toward that thought salad, gently disengage your attention and bring your mind back to your focus. At first, and especially on those bad brain days, you will repeat this process a lot.

In addition, this article has provided readers with two specific strategies to practice mindfulness with ADHD.  They include slowing down, in addition to being active while practicing mindfulness.  If you suffer from ADHD, continue using these two strategies to practice mindfulness skills and incorporate them into your daily routine.

Steps To Practice Mindfulness: Part II

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). Steps To Practice Mindfulness: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2017/04/steps-to-practice-mindfulness-part-ii/

 

Last updated: 18 Apr 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Apr 2017
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