Reduce ADHD Symptoms: Do the Unthinkable… Let Go!
Holistic healing practices have a long-term positive effect on ADHD symptoms because they address ADHD’s underlying energetic imbalance. While ADHD medications may be a quick fix, they can cause long-term damage to the nervous system. Alternative ADHD treatments have no adverse effects. On the contrary, they enhance the overall quality of life for anyone suffering from ADHD.
The focus of this article, and one of the most crucial elements in any ADHD treatment, is relaxation. Holistic healing techniques like mindfulness and meditation are easy to learn and can offer tremendous relief for ADHD symptoms.
As people with ADHD tend to be impatient, it bears mentioning that one needs to take time to make these techniques part of one’s routine. If you allow yourself to move at a snails pace, making small, consistent changes over time will deliver real results.
Time To Relax!
This may seem counter-intuitive, but allowing yourself sufficient down-time within your busy schedule actually makes you more efficient and creates spare time. Taking time to reflect enhances your ability to monitor and direct emotions in a more productive way. Practicing mindfulness and meditation therefore enhances your attention span while making you less forgetful and prone to making mistakes.
These examples are just a few of the many benefits regular relaxation can offer. Don’t allow the voice in your head to talk you out of relaxation. It’s precisely through relaxation that you will find satisfaction and gain a new perspective on reality. As you acquire this more peaceful and productive state of mind, you will stop investing valuable energy in useless activities and worries.
In this post, I offer a list of suggestions that can have a cumulative effect on your state of being. Daily meditation helps you activate a more peaceful and productive spirit throughout the day – with some practice, you will intuitively sense when you need a break.
1. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is becoming a more frequent recommendation for the treatment of ADHD. Practicing mindfulness has the power to raise our overall awareness – our thoughts, actions and behavior are given a different kind of attention. In the process, typical ADHD symptoms like impulsiveness and hyperactivity are reduced because the brains’ circuits are slowly rewired and enhanced. This has a positive effect on our neurotransmitters, the overall result being relief from unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Mindfulness is a crucial ingredient in the reduction of ADHD symptoms; practicing it has the power to transform your life. You’ll be happy to hear that this life-changing method is easy to do since it uses a ‘no-pressure’ approach. Rather than stressing material accomplishment and performance, it encourages a loving, nonjudgmental attitude towards oneself.
Meditation has also become a popular means to alleviate ADHD symptoms. Unfortunately, in an instant-gratification society where ‘doing’ is more important than ‘being’, typical meditation roadblocks often prevent people from making it a permanent fixture in their lives. Just remember that meditation requires a different mindset – it’s a state of being removed from expectation. During meditation, we let go of the need for results. We just experience whatever is present in the moment.
Reduce ADHD symptoms with Mindfulness:
Part 1: The Basic Concept
Part 2: How to Practice Mindful Meditation
Part 3: How to Practice Mindful Living
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2. Get Out of Your Head and Ground Yourself!
The energy associated with ADHD can be hectic and overwhelming. People with ADHD usually have numerous thoughts running through their heads simultaneously. On a good day, this may not present a problem. When our energy levels are balanced, we can usually multi-task, process several channels of information simultaneously and still get things done. But there are always days when we have taken ourselves to the limit. When you feel that ADHD symptoms are increasing try these grounding techniques.
3. Hit the Pause Button
21st century lifestyles run at a dramatically increased pace. Many people no longer allow themselves time to sit idle – we have somehow forgotten that relaxing is a necessary way of recharging and replenishing our energy. Give this a try… when your ADHD symptoms appear to be peaking: DO NOTHING! Even if for just five minutes, hit the pause button, stop all actions and thoughts and just BE. ‘Letting go’ allows the mind to recalibrate and relax. This is a concept so popular in Italy that they have a phrase for it… “Dolce far Niente” or “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”.
In our productivity-driven society, hitting the metaphorical pause button does something profound and wonderful – it allows the mind to wander. This releases internal physical, emotional and intellectual pressure while creating space for new information, ideas and energy to enter. Here are a few additional suggestions that can help you recharge your battery: take a warm bath, go for a small walk, play with your pet, listen to soothing music…
4. Take a Catnap
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), everyone needs a 15 to 20 minute nap now and then. Naps are a productive addition to our day because they help increase job performance, alertness, stamina and boost our mood. The NSF reported that a National Aeronautical Administration (NASA) study on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that naps improved performance by over 30% and alertness by over 95%.
5. Technology Time-Out
In the last 50 years, electronic devices and the internet have transformed the way we interact with the world. Although these advances have made our lives easier and more exciting, we are now being exposed to electromagnetic radiation on a daily basis. We send emails, text friends, play video games, watch movies or ‘hang out’ on Facebook. Even though digital tools offer a compelling way to communicate and play, their influence on our lives must be managed.
Despite our incessant urge to stay connected, there may be times when we need to ‘unplug’ for a while. Sensitive people often experience the negative side-effects of info-overload or electromagnetic radiation more overtly… so when you’re feeling frazzled and your attention is wavering, chances are you could benefit from a small technology-time-out.