Meditation and ADHD
Annie shares the many benefits of meditation for ADHD, and how you can start meditating today.
I have ADHD, and I have been practicing meditation for a little over a year now.
Meditation is used to train your concentration, clear your mind, promote positive emotions, all of which are things that I could always use more of.
For those of you who are like me, this may sound impossible, especially the clearing your mind and not having jumbled thoughts. However, I have been doing it for little over a year.
Those of us who grew up with ADHD probably had a tough time focusing, a very short attention span, and always caught daydreaming. I always used to forget what I was saying, but I still do that from time to time.
Although there is no cure for ADHD, with meditation you can train your mind to be a little bit more focused.
How to Meditate
Some of you may be wondering how to meditate. So, with the basic form of meditation, you sit or lie down peacefully with a straight spine, close your eyes, and then you breathe in and out – deeply but naturally.
From there with your eyes closed and breathing, you just focus on your breathing. Concentrate on how it feels going in and out, how your body responds to it. It might seem simple and a little silly, but it's all about focusing on the actual moment and what is happening in that moment.
Not thinking about what happened yesterday or what you have to do tomorrow, but thinking about what you are doing right then and there which is simply sitting and breathing in the moment. Now if your thoughts start to wander, that is okay – just acknowledge it and don't beat yourself over it, and as soon as you notice you're doing that, bring it back to the breath. In and out.
You can even help focus on your breath by saying to yourself in your head, in, out, as you breathe. Just know that it is okay if other thoughts do pop in your head, just accept it, let it go, and return to focusing.
This all may sound simple in theory, but it's not and especially for someone with ADHD. However, practice makes perfect.
The whole purpose of meditation, in particular for people like us is to learn to let go of all the clutter, thoughts, and the noise in our heads. In our minds, we're always somewhere else; we're daydreaming, thinking about that embarrassing thing we did last week, thinking of our plans next weekend or just any random thought.
So it's perfect to train your mind to be aware of right now.
There Are Many Forms of Meditation
Personally, I like to do a lot of guided meditation, and I want to start doing more self-led meditations, but for me, it was always easier just to go on Youtube and have a voice guide me through the meditation.
I try to do a quick guided meditation every single morning, they're all different lengths, but I usually aim for the ones around 10 minutes. All I do is go to Youtube and search quick guided meditation, and there are so many of them.
What I love most about meditating is that you can explore all different kinds of meditations like guided meditations for success, guided meditations for positive energy, and guided meditations for concentration.