- ADHD’s Secret Demon — and How to Tame It - Ever wonder why your brain is always trying to pull you away from the task at hand? It may be related to a little-known function of the brain — called the default mode network — that’s draining valuable energy from more active regions. Dr. Edward Hallowell writes about how our brains are wired, and how to fight back in this ADDitude Magazine article.
- Who am I optimizing to become? - In his bestselling book Atomic Habits, James Clear challenges his readers to treat their habits as part of their identity. Each time we successfully show up to perform our new habit, we can view it as a vote cast in favor of becoming the person you want to be. When you optimize your habits, routines, etc., remember to take a moment to reflect on who the person on the other side of this optimization might look like, and whether that's truly who you want to become.
- Meditation - Meditation can be a very powerful tool for those with ADHD, think of it as an exercise routine for your mind. If you don't practice meditation regularly, I would encourage you to try it out. There have been many studies showing the positive effects on your mood, mental fitness, and stress levels.
- This Week's Action Item - Take 5 minutes to sit quietly in a comfortable space. Take 3 deep breaths, and settle your attention on your breathing. Count to 4 each time you breathe in, and again when you breathe out. Repeat this until 5 minutes are up. If your mind begins to wander, that's normal! Just direct your attention back to your breathing without judging yourself.