Did you know that meditation can help your ADHD symptoms?
In addition to reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and even helping support weight loss, meditation can literally change your brain.
Regular meditation can improve your working memory, help you focus and concentrate, and even change the way your brain functions. Studies have shown that meditation can change the way that neurons in the brain communicate and it can create new circuits. This in turn leads to better brain function.
I can hear you now. “But Brenda, how can I possibly quiet my busy mind long enough to meditate? I can’t even quiet it down to get to sleep!”.
The meditation you’re probably thinking of involves sitting cross legged on the floor and “thinking of nothing”.
No wonder you think you can’t meditate.
The truth is that there are many forms of meditation besides that one.
You can concentrate on your breathing or the sounds around you. You might concentrate on a certain part of your body, helping it to loosen up and relax.
There are visualization meditations where you concentrate on a peaceful image. Or guided meditations, where someone talks softly, leading you through the meditation step by step. Both of these are very effective for people with ADHD.
Another kind of meditation is walking meditation. You may have seen a labyrinth which can be used for walking meditation.
Walking meditations are also good for ADD Moms because they are physical in nature. They have the added benefit of giving us time outdoors and exercise, both of which are also beneficial to our ADHD symptoms.
You can find meditation classes in lots of places – even my little town. There are books and videos about meditation, and depending on your carrier, you may even find meditation shows on your cable channels. There are a lot of resources online and there are apps available for most devices, including Nook and iPhone.
Be sure to try out a few different ones to see what works for you. And remember, when you first start out, just a minute of meditation can be called a success. You’ve got to take baby steps, but it’s well worth it.
Oh, and by the way – that mind that won’t quiet down when you’re trying to sleep? Meditation can help that too.