People with ADHD are notorious for impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Other characteristics make it even less tolerable. One solution is mindfulness.
Mindfulness is all the rage. What is it? It’s a technique that focuses on your awareness of the present moment. It calmly acknowledges feelings and thoughts. It hones self-control and maintains self-regulation.
Mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique. It facilitates introspection, rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
While mindfulness practice is done world-round, it’s not necessarily religious. Instead, it strengthens the “weak” mind. During practice, you pay close attention to body sensations. The goal is to live in the moment, in both thoughts and feelings.
Research at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) analyzed boys and male teens with ADHD. The results were promising. A daily mindfulness practice thickens the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This impacts focus, planning, and impulse control. It also increases dopamine.
Research published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies evaluated mindfulness practice with boys and male teens with ADHD:
- Boosts self-esteem.
- Increases psychological well-being.
- Strengthens their ability to self-observe.
- Trains the brain (focus, concentration).
- Becomes more aware of emotional state (less impulsive).
Beginning mindfulness practice can be challenging for people with ADHD. They should begin slowly (5 minutes). Customize actions based on individual preferences. Being seated isn’t the only way.
- Mindful walking
- Doing yoga
- Visual aids
- Guided practice (spoken word)
There are many benefits to mindfulness. It’s especially true for people with ADHD. Living in the moment releases the brain-based challenges they face. Visualization redirects and reduces stress. Best of all, it’s a natural remedy.
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