Women with ADHD can struggle with sitting still and focusing on tasks. While the use of ADHD medication has been proven to help women manage their ADHD symptoms, there are other ways to treat ADHD. Mindfulness is an awareness of your thoughts, feelings and for you to bring your body back to a state of acceptance and it is a good way for women struggling with ADHD to improve their ability to control their attention. If you would like to try to implement the benefits of mindfulness in your own life, here are a few easy steps to get you going.
Find a Peaceful Place – The first step to mindfulness is to find a place where you can be alone with your mind. It can be a quiet place in your home or a place with little distractions to help you center your thoughts. Take a timer with you so that you won’t need to worry about a stopping point and you can choose a time that best fits with your schedule.
Keep a Good Posture - When you are sitting in a chair, or on the couch, make sure that it gives you support and it is given you an upright position with your legs crossed or your feet are planted on the floor. Don’t hunch over or stiffen your back, just rest comfortably. Allow your arms to fall parallel to your body and rest your hands on your thighs or knees, whichever keeps your posture straight this will open up your mind and body.
Use Your Senses - With this step close your eyes, and begin a natural breathing pattern and focus on it. Notice the world around you and try not to get caught up in the distractions around you. Feel your feet against the ground or the wind blowing past your ears. Notice the way your body feels and let yourself be aware of your surroundings.
Go With The Flow – Any thoughts that come into your mind should pass through without judgment. Do not stick to one idea or emotion and do not abstain from getting caught up in your past or daydreaming. Let these feelings and thoughts flow freely but send them away without emotionally labeling them good or bad. Continuously redirect your mind your present state of being and remembering your breathing and surroundings.