ADD Focus Help – 5 Steps for Success

Add Focus Help

Many people in the real world, as well as, online are looking for ADD focus help. Many entrepreneurs are battling with the constant communication, information, changes, and reformatting of the Internet. Kids, parents, and adults in the real world are also looking for solutions for ADD focus help. Ironic as it may sound, people that have the traits of ADD/ADHD have an incredible ability to focus and be productive. The challenge comes in finding what works for individuals in their won worlds. Here are several ways to achieve ADD focus help.add focus help

 

  1. Go with Strengths, Unfocus on Weakness: I know that seems obvious when you read it, but so many people are thinking they should be working on their weaknesses to strengthen themselves. I believe thats a waste of time. (delegate, refer, or outsource your weaknesses)
  2. Distraction be Damned: each person has particular things that distract them; we’re all different. Something that may completely rock my brain into “Turbo” might drive you erratic… On our Facebook page, we’ve created audios , ideas, environment changes that fans have sent in that they like and helps their brain. Track the things that take your focus away – limit or eliminate them completely – Organize the workspace. (or if that’s your weakness, have someone do it for you) Be ruthless with this step.. no grey areas, get rid of distractions
  3. Rockets need Rocket Fuel: Since Im a Chiropractor, this part has been completely ingrained into my daily rituals and lifestyle. So Im going to give you the concentrated gold nugget version right here. Red meat, dairy, grains and sugar ALL cause inflammation in the human body. Many people are sensitive to wheat and gluten. The closer to God made it, the better. Humans need at least 50% of their body weight in grams of protein (divide your weight by 2, then that # GRAMS of protein) The kidneys can only properly deal with 8 oz of water per hour. Sleep and naps are essential for the ADD Brain. Consider what is coming into all your 5 senses; make it the best that you possibly can. This includes exercise.mercedes_passion-72dpi
  4. Now vs. Not Now – there are so many jokes about procrastinating. So many slogans about taking the bull by the horns, or ‘just do it’. Simply put, people need ADD focus help in starting the project immediately. Do this by creating Structure, Novelty, and Motivation.
  5. Create Rituals – all of us needing ADD focus help are finding that we are operate with different environments. One of the most important things to do is to control your environment so that it supports you the best. Performing the ritual of getting ready will be a cue to your brain, that “okay, we are getting ready to create, produce, complete tasks”. Think about it, we do it for our kids, with getting ready for school, dinner, and bedtime. We can do this to signal our brain that we are ready to rock.

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I know many adults with ADHD; as one I wrote this personal blog post to give you inside view of my past, present, and future.

When I’m at my full power, I can LOVE the craziness out of anything. When I’m feeling, frustrated, angry, or just about any negative emotion, I can’t LOVE anything at all.  Adults with ADHD, we tend to be very powerful with my emotions, feelings, responses and reactions. This scared me as a child and as a young adult. So much that I drank and used drugs to drown the power, because I didn’t know how to control it. Oddly enough, I learned that I was gifted with an incredible ability to ‘feel’ my emotions. The ironic part of it was not in ‘controlling’ my emotions, but to actually allow them to flow through me. And I learned to ask myself better questions; once I acknowledged the true feeling and emotion.

Once you realize that the Universe is perfect, then how could your life be any different. We are all in this process of evolving together, and open hearted love helps us experience more , in order to evolve more.

Growing up as one of many adults with ADHD; strangely divorced / remarried parents, asthma, a perfect older sister, alcoholism/addiction, combined with incredible intelligence; my life was a rollercoaster of great times and hellacious times.  Safe to say that Love was not the order of my days. Although , I do have to say that my sister, Kirsten, was my rock when I’d have nightmares at night and other times when I needed someone there. My mother is and was awesome, I love her to death, but I learned (when I was 32) that she spent majority of her time covering up my dad’s insane alcoholism my entire childhood. So much that I didn’t even know until the truth came out when I was 32 years old. [more on this later, it’s a shocker story]adults with adhd

It’s becoming more well known that adults with ADD are not, and I’m not perfect. In fact, I have been through hell to get where I am today; in my headspace, my physical health, my relationships, and my finances. Most of the heavy lifting and changes occurred last year. This is when I met four of my closest friends and coaches; Keala, Kimberly, Krisna, and Carmen.  Coaching together, we all shared everything in our hearts and we confided in each other so much that, even though I’ve only met Carmen and Keala face to face, I’m sure that I would get on a plane and fly around the world to help them all. And they would do the same.

Here’s the kicker – I have amazing ability of intuition to help other people face their own fears and open their hearts. One day, I got completely called out by the team and was asked, “why don’t you love yourself the way you love other people?” and  “why are you afraid to feel your emotions and feelings for yourself?” – Since I had recently 100% gotten clean and sober – my answer was basically that I’m afraid that if I feel my feelings, that I’ve drank down for so long, that I will relapse, and there was no way on Earth I was letting that happen.  adults with adhd

Now, most of you know that true coaches aren’t supposed to ‘tell you’ things, they are supposed to bring them out of you, but, Krisna says, “are you kidding me? You aren’t that person anymore, you would never relapse, because you can’t, because you are not that person anymore, I can’t believe my ears.. Mr. “I can do anything” won’t feel his feelings cuz he’s afraid of doing something that he could never do again… yeah, okay, so what’s next, which feeling are we going to start with? C’mon let’s go, you have people to save with your love.” Usually helps when your coach also is one of the adults with ADHD in your life. :-)

So here’s what I’ve come up with to follow through on what we’ve coined as “Living with Your Heart On”self esteem

  1. Learn how to sit WITH the emotion, not IN it
  2. We evolve the more we can feel and change
  3. Ask yourself, “why am I really feeling this? What can I learn?”
  4. Ask “How is this helping  me?
  5. How can I improve for next time?
  6. Use you “PAUSE” button to Respond , NOT React… (response-able)

My friends, life will bring you ups and downs, wonderful days and some dreadful moments. Your perception of the situation is your experience. When you realize that the Universe itself is perfect, then how can your life be any different?

Open your heart just a little more each day until you can blast it open, full throttle and love without abandon, trust me, when you operate with your Heart On, you’ll never ever be the same, and you won’t ever want to go back. There are many successful adults with ADHD

I have been able to help people of all ages get their life back. Whether you’re an competitive athlete, or someone with ADD/ADHD, or a person that knows that there is more to life than what’s going on right now – i can help you.

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Adult Women and ADD – Where’s the H?

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As ADHD becomes a hot topic in the real world and online, many people are beginning to discover that adult women and ADD is an often overlooked problem. The main reason that adult women and ADD isn’t front and center starts with one particular difference. Many doctors, psychologists, therapists and doctors are in agreement that the “H”, the hyperactivity component is absent majority of the time. It’s a double edged sword, for several reasons.

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1. Girls with ADD, dont exhibit the same signs as boys; who are typically more hyper

2. Most research has been performed on males, specifically because the “H” component is so hard to deal with

3. Girls may seem like they are ‘behaving’, when in actuality, their brains aren’t even present, ‘daydreaming’…

4. Girls that aren’t correctly diagnosed with ADD , carry it into adult hood, causing major problems.

5. Alcohol poisoning and addiction is now reaching into the young female demographic more than ever.. (trying to ‘fit in’ – self medicating from the often feelings of fear, shame, and guilt that people with ADD possess)

Many leading doctors and psychologists are lobbying for more research to be looked at with respect to adult women and ADD. Which makes alot of sense, to me, due to the fact that they make majority of the family decisions. many of the earlier studies focused on comparing girls to boys – using boys ADHD symptoms as the marker. (Nadeau)

Doctors who work with females with ADD often ask, “how is school for you?” and the girl answers, “great, i’m never there”…

Discovering what part of the female brain (with ADD) is functioning out of balance, then creating a safe alternative treatment plan can saves many people from a future of suffering and damaging relationships.

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ADHD Tips for Teachers

Adhd Tips For Teachers

We’ve discussed before what it’s like for a parent, adult, or child with ADHD to go through school. Teachers have initiative to make sure that each student gets through the program, does well on SOL tests, and has a memorable school experience. When it comes to ADHD tips for teachers, many teachers are finding out the many colors and personalities that come with the ADD Brain.

I have been hard at work behind the scenes to bring ADHD Tips for Teachers to a level of understanding, in order for the knowledge and persistent application can help the young intelligent, often misunderstood children hope for a brighter future.

In this blog post, I’m going to take adaptations from Dr. Hallowell’s book and add my real life personal and professional experience. Handling ADHD st home is much different than ADHD Tips for teachers; so here is the list of tips for teachers of people of all ages who have the traits of ADD/ADHD:

  • Have the kids with ADHD sit toward the front of the room (though not all together). Even better, have a circular seating arrangement. That way, someone is always looking at each student. It is very hard not to pay attention when someone is looking at you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Etka: it is now well known that the ADD brain has ‘hemisphericity’, meaning that basically one side is stronger than the other. we also know that the opposite train focuses to the opposite side. thus, by placing a children on the side of the room that has ‘stronger’ hemisphere, the attention and focus can more easily go to the center of the room.adhd tips for teachers
  • Use touch if it is allowed in your school. I shudder to think that Mrs. Eldredge’s arm is now illegal in many schools in this country. But if you are allowed to, touching a child on the shoulder, say, is a great way to provide encouragement and also bring his mind back into the room and the task at hand.

Dr. Etka: this is a ‘touchy’ subject. adults who can calmly place there hand on a child with ADD will help tremendously, but if the ‘touch’ is a stern grab, hold, or anything that can re-stimulate a childs memory of the typical life of an ADD child who has been reprimanded countless times (you catch my drift) – I love touch personally – as long as it is from a well meaning person who can encourage and support my goals and aspirations.adhd for teachers

  • Use eye contact. Your eyes can bring attention back into the room.
  • Use kids’ names. When you hear your name it is almost impossible not to pay attention.

Dr. Etka: the eyes are the light of the soul. looking into someone’s eyes – you can get a sense of what’s really going on inside. use visual connection as a means of communication to give the child the feeling that they are safe, they are understood, and that you really do want to help them. similarly, saying a child’s name in correct tone helps.

  • Never keep kids in for recess. Exercise is essential for mental focus.
  • Consider starting the day with some stretching exercises.
  • Consider having the kids sit not in chairs but on exercise balls. That provides constant musculoskeletal stimulation, which is good for the brain, and also involves the cerebellum, which is good for focus.
  • Emphasize proper brain care with the kids: eat right, get exercise, get enough sleep, don’t overdose on electronics.

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Dr. Etka: totally agree!! people with ADHD need a way to ‘blow off’ their excess energy. nutrition is huge with helping to gain better control on impulsiveness of ADHD, the ball idea started in Europe and is wonderful. Chiropractically, it’s the spinal joints that send signals to the cerebellum to get it’s motor going, which then speaks to the pre-frontal cortex. (took me months to gain solid understanding og the neurology with that one ;)

  • Introduce new topics in terms of old topics already mastered.  Kids with ADHD overheat easily. They get frustrated quickly when they sense they won’t understand something new. So, for example, when you start fractions explain right away that fractions are simply division written differently, and the kids have already learned division.adhd for teachers
  • Break down large topics or tasks into small, manageable bits. For example, a book report might be subdivided into eight steps, or a science project outlined in a dozen doable steps. Once again, this helps the child with ADHD not feel overwhelmed. It is also helpful for all the other kids as well.
  • Notice and appreciate successful moments. Kids with ADHD often go through an entire day getting multiple reprimands or therapies without one single affirmation. Imagine how you’d feel if you went through your day like that.

Dr. Etka: at SeaWorld they train big powerful animals to do the amazing. many of the same principles apply here. taking something that may seem complex and showing the animal they already know each separate step, that actually, when put together create a totally awesome new feat of excellence. ( i do this when my extreme athlete sons get scared to try something ‘never done before’. by looking for the child to do the ‘right’ thing, it completely changes the training/teaching process… and the self esteem rises.. (trust me, a child with ADD can bring you tons of joy, or loads of frustration and pain – your choice)

  • Stay in touch with parents, even if you don’t particularly love them. My best advice to teachers is the same advice I give to parents: make friends with each other.

Dr. Etka: not only can ADHD for teachers be very challenging to understand correctly, but also, a daunting task given the amount of kids in a class nowadays; help is mandatory from parents.

  • Don’t let the child or the parent use ADHD as an excuse. ADHD is not an excuse to get out of taking responsibility, but an explanation that leads to taking responsibility more effectively.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of the “moral diagnosis,” blaming the child’s difficulties on bad character. Look deeper than that. ADHD is a neurological trait, not a moral infirmity.
  • Above all else, enjoy these kids. Nothing works better than that—both for the kids and for you.

Dr. Etka: I love Ned. he’s is such a genuine guy. understanding ADHD and having the compassion I have now, I have seen so many parents, adults and kids, begin to thrive while learning how to handle their ADD Brain better.

Adaptations taken from Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child, Edward H. Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, 2008

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Building Self Esteem within ADHD

Building Self Esteem Within Adhd

When I’m working with clients who have ADD/ADHD, as well as myself, I find that focusing my efforts on building self esteem within ADHD causes dramatic positive changes. Growing up and living with the traits of ADHD, I’ve logged an enormous amount of problems created by my distractions, my impulsive nature, and my tendency to go full throttle on different things. Similarly, my clients and entrepreneur friends have similar stories in their own lives. When it comes to building self esteem within ADHD, there are some things that we need to understand first. building self esteem within adhd

Let’s understand that people with ADHD are not bad people, nuisances, insensitive, morally broken; nothing is ‘wrong’ with them at all. The ADD Brain is a complex system that functions non-linearly and contrary to many of the structured institutions that have been established as normal. Let me remind you that just because alot of people are doing something, doesn’t mean that it is right. Building self esteem within ADHD can be challenging due to several variables, most importantly the adrenergic receptors in the brain, the digestive system, the programming inside their own minds, and the self-image the person has of themselves.

As we all know, the imagination and creativity that is inherent with the ADD Brain; is totally awesome. Both positively and negatively. We can create and destroy almost with a single thought. (more on that later) The most important thing that I’ve noticed with building self esteem within ADHD is purposefully pointing to the positive evidence in the my life and the clients life that concretely shows that they are good, they can achieve, that other people’s experiences & thinking created their beliefs, and my favorite; that they have an enormous gift inside them.adhd-help

Here are several particular steps to building self esteem within ADHD

1. Recognize the negative thoughts in your mind – become conscious of them – cancel them .

2. Handle those thoughts and beliefs and Instill with new empowering ones

3. Focus your efforts on creating evidence for yourself – proving new empowering thoughts to be true

4. Train your mind, your actions, and your words to continue until your reality is changed.

I get goosebumps when I see that glimmer of Hope come back into their eyes, their parents eyes; my own eyes. Building self esteem within ADHD is always a work in progress. The ADD Brain is like a Thoroughbred horse;  it moves so fast from one thing to another, unless the reins of the Thoroughbred are under control. Showing someone that they innately know how to use the reins, and then training them on how to be consistent at it creates lasting changes in their lives. Every now and then, as we all know, you have to let go of the reins and let our minds go for a full on gallop. I believe this is where the creativity, curiosity, and boundless energy is hidden. In that space where I know I can control my thoughts to bring them back in, but I consciously let it go just a bit further to challenge the limitations that are there.D-brain-right-left

In the beginning, the left side of the ADD Brain – the logical side – is going to fight these new thought patterns. But, I promise you that the brain only knows what you tell it to be true. And what is true for you, is true for you.

Building self esteem within ADHD has provided awesome changes not only in my own life, but also my clients lives. It does take daily work, responsibility, and the ability to be honest with yourself. The power within the ADD Brain is unmatched, there fore, so is the potential for great changes to occur. Go out there and create a new you.

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Yoga Helps ADHD?

Yoga Helps Adhd

I love doing Hot Yoga in Richmond Va. Along with running the world class mt biking trails on the James River, I have found that doing Hot Yoga at my fav studio, Hot House Yoga, in Richmond Va, has helped my ADHD tremendously.

You might be wondering, can Yoga helps ADHD. It does, I know it does. Anatomically it makes sense. People with ADHD have changes in neural functioning that the ‘normal’ population isnt gifted with. During my evaluations with ADHD clients, we follow exactly what the SHINE for Doctors program, created by Dr. Hallowell; has trained us to perform.

You may be sitting there, reading this, thinking: “how in the world… this doctor is saying

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Invariably, the client has dysfunctional core strength, proprioception, integration, changes in oculomotor processing,; just to name a few things. As it turns out, studies have shown that the ADD brain has one hemisphere of the brain that , not only, is smaller, but also functions weaker than the other side. The big technical term is called ‘hemisphericity’.

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Yoga helps ADHD by integrating balance, focus, and self esteem in ways that most exercises can’t. Personally, doing Hot Yoga at my fav studio,

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, has helped my ADHD tremendously.

I found wisdom in speaking to one of their owners, Jimmy Yax, along with the following article from http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2569

Will yoga be the next prescribed treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? An estimated 2.5 million children between 4 and 17 take Ritalin, Adderall XR, Strattera, and other prescribed drugs for the disorder. Unfortunately, the FDA has concluded that some of these drugs carry a troublesome risk of mania and hypomania, and may be associated with suicidal impulses.

As concerns about the safety of these drugs grow, researchers in Australia and Germany have found that children with ADHD may find relief and improved focus with yoga. “Yoga can be a lifetime friend,” says Pauline Jensen, coauthor of a 2004 study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. “It increases concentration, promotes mental and physical discipline, and induces confidence.” Though parents in Jensen’s research reported that the 8- to 13-year-old boys who practiced yoga once a week for five months were less hyperactive, the findings did not conclude that yoga and ADHD could replace drug treatment.

yoga and adhdHowever, a 2006 German study found that children undergoing drug treatment for ADHD can greatly benefit from doing yoga and that forward bends are particularly effective. “Forward bends increase exhalation by lengthening and deepening the breath,” says the study’s coauthor, Nicole Goldstein, M.D. “This is key in developing concentration.”

At our Chiropractic office we’re blessed to have a yoga studio where I can work face to face with clients. Im finding that integrating twisting poses, and balance poses, increases the connections and focus of my clients.

I chose these pics on purpose to give people an idea of what helps my ADHD during yoga..

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Adventures in ADD – 4 Ways to Make Them Awesome

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Growing up with ADHD, I was misunderstood the majority of the time. I found it very easy to have adventures in ADD.  Consequently, I just spent three days with thousands of entrepreneurs that felt the same way. Adults with the traits of ADHD have this tendency to think, behave, and take action differently than most people.  I use the phrase ‘adventures in ADD’ because there is rarely a dull moment when you either have ADD or you’re spending time with people with ADD. In fact, personally, I feel more at home with the ‘misfits’, than any other group. Even though I am a professional doctor; outside the office I enjoy doing outrageous thing, and I admonish my clients to truly be who they are. Reason I do this is simple; God doesn’t make mistakes. Everyone has an incredible gift inside of us, in fact, the longest journey is the journey within.

Maxwell Maltz wrote in his book, “Psychocybernetics”, that everything we experience is based on our perception. When you think about that, you begin to notice that everyone sees everything differently, based on their experience and self image. This is why I’m having adventures in ADD. I know certain things that make my reality much different than most peoples. Would you like to know the three main things I do to change my reality and create a world that supports me, instead of trying to suppress, keep status quo, or average? Can you imagine having a reality that is supportive, a reality that is fun, a reality that is encouraging and a joy to live? Of course you do. Keep reading.. adventures in add

1.       Purposefully changing and reframing my perspective – the word ‘reframe’ may be new to you, but here it is in a acorn-shell (squirrel joke) .  When something occurs in your life, it is neither good or bad, it simply just IS. The most important thing is how you are receiving and perceiving it. Remember that things can always be better and they can always be worse. Example: how do you perceive weather changes, or traffic, or job changes, or health changes, or promotions/demotions, being rich or being wealthy? As you may notice, many people have different thoughts about each thing. So, I want you to ‘reframe’ how you look at something in order for it to be encouraging, serving, and helpful; this takes practice.

2.       Purposefully finding spiritual centeredness -   notice that I used the word spirituality, and not God. I know that what is true for you, is true for you. Some f my favorite ways to find my center, are yoga, running, music, binaural naps, AA meetings, meditating,  talking to entrusted friends, and being in the ocean.  Things will happen throughout the day that can throw us off course. When we are present enough to notice that we are not centered, or the negative thoughts are talking again, it is imperative to consciously and purposefully, pull the reins in on the horse and get your positive thoughts flowing through your mind and soul. People with ADD hav incredibly powerful brains tat can take us way off course; this exercise alone can give you the power to pause and reflect before creating unwanted adventures in ADD. God-Within

3.       Purposefully connecting with other people -  let me clarify this – connect and engage with living, supportive, understanding, uplifting people! People with ADD love being around others like them. We think different; we look different, act, behave, and create adventures with ADD, like no other group can. Connections between human beings are becoming less and less with the growth of electronic devices. Ironic that this is the most important piece that I have found that helps me the most. I love online marketing and social media, but I enjoy shaking hands, hugging, giving others ‘high fives’, and enjoying life with other human beings.  Couple hints here: connect online with people in your area, your niche; other people that share your passions. This will increase the chance of meeting them in person, touching their skin, seeing their smile, feeling their presence. Trust me, this is huge.

4.       Limiting time with people in your life that perpetuate that which you are trying to rid your own life of – I heard this over bouncersand over until it finally sank in.  This is a hard lesson to learn. Changing friends, places, and things can be a daunting task. But there is something magical about disconnecting with people, places, and things, that cause you to be reminded of all the things you can’t stand about yourself, your past , or something you want to change.  I have created many adventures in ADD; some of them I am very proud of and many others I never want to relive ever again. I fill my life with people who are active, who don’t drink a lot of alcohol, or do any drugs, I fill my life with ONLY supportive, loving, trustworthy, appreciative people. This keeps my list short, no doubt, but I have a ‘bouncer’ at the door to my relationships. If you’re not on the list, you don’t get in.

 

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Entrepreneurs with ADHD – Getting Rid of Fear

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The ADD Brain is very powerful, when it is free of illusions of the true nature of the person whom possesses that brain. So many times we have been in school, at home, or work – and been pointed out as “the (____ place negative term here)” . This doesn’t happen just a few times, we’re talking thousands, countless, amount of occurrences. Even with a ‘normal thinker, this negative programming can be hard to bear. Entrepreneurs with ADD have incredible imaginations; making negative programming extremely powerful.

There is a theory that the ADD Brain functions dysfunctionally in direct relation to the perspective – that is colored by the amount fear shame and guilt that the person is internalizing. (the majority of the world is ‘sold’ on the Germ Theory, so let’s accept this ADD Dysfunctional theory as fact..) Let me make that clearer, entrepreneurs with ADHD can be incredibly constructive and destructive, based on the amount of personal fear, shame, or guilt they carry.

entrepreneurs with ADHDThat fact, combined with the newer understanding that “thoughts become things” (Mike Dooley), in addition to the power of thought to change the environment (The Intention Experiment) , creates a very strong force that can be extremely destructive; one in which the person wielding the power has no idea that they are even the cause of it [I hope I didn’t lose you there – because this becomes a very important foundation for changing your ADD gifted brain]

Okay, let’s reel all that back into the present tangible quantitative ‘in the palm of your hands’ reality. Let’s tackle this thing called Fear, once and for all. Fear is fantastic. Fear keeps you from doing lots of things that you CAN do, but it can also push you to do things that you never thought possible. Because it is in your mind, and the chemicals it produces cause all kinds of actions and reactions. Scientific fact – when your ‘fight or flight’ response is kicked in from your nervous system, ALL your senses become more enhanced. Yes, absolute total fact. Visual, hearing, tactile, smell… at the highest level needed for the situation. Guess what? Who controls your mind? – YOU DO.. so this Fear thing is completely under your control (once you are aware, recognize and train yourself).

PERSONAL STORY – I was born in calif, raised for awhile in Hawaii, before my father got Navy orders to move us to Connecticut.. my point is – I am a serious ocean person, growing up in huge waves, also while vacationing in Outer Banks. Even as a small child I would go way out in the water to catch the biggest waves possible (that’s the risk taking high stimulus seeking behavior ADDr’s are known for) – BUT, when I was in my 20’s I was surfing in the water at Rodanthe Pier the morning that Hurricane Bertha was coming on shore [god’s honest truth] gorgeous giant enormous waves, because of the storm sucking the wind from the land onto the water, big gaping barrels; very dangerous as well.<i><i>entrepreneurs with adhd</i></i>

I paddled into a wave that reminded me of a Surfer Magazine cover, and something gripped my heart and chest – Fear.. and I backed out of this beautiful monster.. within minutes the wind switched and the ocean became an enormous giant washing machine… that ended that day.. fast forward decade later Hurricane Bill hits the east coast, so I drive down to the coast; that makes sense to most entrepreneurs with adhd.

Waves so big that they were blocking out the sun as I paddled through the onslaught of the biggest waves I can remember ever surfing.. punching through the impact zone, I made it far enough out to not get pounded, I lined my self up with an enormous mother of a wave and started to paddle for it; again I felt that gripping paralyzing thing in my chest.. “geezus, what the hell is that? Oh my god, that’s FEAR.. haha, oh yeah, bring it on, you can’t hurt me, you’re in my head, Im going to turn you around to help me catch the biggest.. let’s go for it, give me all the adrenaline I need, we’re paddling out farther..” and I did, and with my heart pounding and senses completely jacked on fire, I paddled into a wave that almost made me scream and cry like a baby – hopping to my feet and flew down the face, my legs straining to make the bottom turn, I reached down to grab the rail of the board, crouched down and watched down the wave as it yawned up and roared the most wonderful sound of natural primal energy you could ever imagine… my scared, fear instantly turned into screams and hollers from myself, people, on the beach, others paddling out, and out in the water… I think the smile on my face broke my jaw… :D

This experience has helped me to understand the feeling of fear, and when I need to heed it’s warning or when I can turn it around to help me accomplish something that once thought was unattainable. I pass this onto my children daily..

God-WithinWhen you get scared remind yourself of the skills that you do possess to handle the situation. In the surfing story… I can swim, I can surf, my board was solid, I can hold my breath under water, there is no coral reef below, water doesn’t hurt me, so why not go for it… Gymnastic coaches use this all the time with their athletes when they are scared to do a new routine.. They ask the athlete how confident in each of the basic skills that go into each trick.. and acknowledge the fear, and then do it while they are scared, because they can already do everything else that is required to perform the routine..

Facing your own internal notions of fear will take us into areas of our minds that we may believe are very real to us. That’s fine, I understand, but you have to understand that it’s only that way because YOU have made it that way.

Here’s the disclaimer – when you begin to ask yourself about the skills that you have to complete something that you’re afraid of – and you honestly don’t have the skills – GO GET THEM. Learn, Train, research, find a way to get that skill.. Anyone can learn new skills. If they allow themselves to.

Lets clear this up… because you may think that I’m making this easier than you may think at the moment..

  1. Understand that fear is only a set of chemicals caused by the thoughts in your mind
  2. Ask yourself “why am I feeling this, what am I ‘really’ afraid of?
  3. List all requirements to accomplish the thing your afraid of..
  4. Acknowledge your own skills, talents, and assets, and ask others for help you need to
  5. Determine if you can perform those skills while you are scared.. (called brave)
  6. Remember that you have created the stifling fear in YOUR head.
  7. Now , take a deep breath, and go do it.. NOW.

This works, I promise. I have been able to face more things in the last 12 months that I used to be scared as hell to do. The most important being the real truth why I had relapsed so many times back into drugs and alcohol. No more of that.. Then the next biggest thing is the ability to have a relationship with my sons mother. I can honestly tell you that I think I held my breath the entire first 5 minute conversation we had after not speaking for 5 years.. Now we talk daily, help each other in other areas of our lives, co-parent amazingly, and have four sons that are very comfortable being around both of us.

So, yes, this works. And I’m going to look forward to the stories that come from the readers of this blog.

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Mindfulness with ADHD

Mindfulness With Adhd

Mindfulness with ADHD

Many people are under the wrong assumption that people with ADHD can’t focus.  Creating mindfulness with ADHD may seem ironic in the phrase, but it is swiftly gaining curiosity from psychologists and therapists. Working with clients and receiving my own continual training; I have discovered that the ADD Brain has special times of day when it’s in ‘Turbo’ mode. It is during these times that we can create unbelievable things; both positive and negative. Striving to find the next level in harnessing my brain’s ridiculous power, I came across research and studies regarding mindfulness with ADHD.

People with an ADD Brain have a special gift that the rest of the ‘normal’ people can never even comprehend. Our ability to harness our intentional thoughts can cause time, space, and physics to be transcended. (It’s my blog, I can say that ;) Anyone who has been introduced to the Law of Attraction or the movie “The Secret” understand what I’m saying. The practice of mindfulness with ADHD is not an easy road to walk. But I have heard so many stories and seen in my personal, instances where – in 20/20 hindsight, I can directly connect the thoughts I was having to certain things becoming a reality. Much faster than other people can do. Tough part is getting someone with ADHD to be fully present and harnessed into their mindfulness with ADHD.

Its been noted by many ADHD experts that we aren’t very good at self recognition. Why would we want to be? If you have ADD/ADHD, I can only imagine the thoughts you have about yourself from other people pointing their finger at you, feeling different, feeling let down, or remembering the things you forgot, or didn’t follow through on, etc.. Im here to help you.. Here are some important things to know:yoga and adhd

  1. Being different is AWESOME… your ability to be creative, curious – combined with your brains energy causes you to do amazing things, both good and bad, so lets get focused.
  2. ADD/ADHD isn’t a disorder – it’s a set of traits, it’s an anatomically different brain, it is genetic, the digestive system is different, when you learn this, its not an excuse, its just knowledge.
  3. Your ability to create is unmatched – Given the correct training, I believe you can change things in your life as quickly as you can get the thoughts straight in your head, fill them with all the love in your heart and connect all 5 senses to them.
  4. You are not bad, wrong, or a nuisance. –  the majority of this world functions in a linear pattern; not the pattern that we think and operate in. I’ve begun saying this, “ADD stops for no one”. You are not bad, wrong, or a nuisance, you simply think differently than society has set of the fences, boundaries, and structure. SO what? Every one who changed the world thought ‘outside the box’. (let’s just stay clean, and sober, and out of ‘jail’)
  5. You CAN meditate, do yoga, calm your mind –  Maybe not the first time, but with structured practice, at the right times of day for your brain; you are so capable of being present when you are completing a task, talking to people – without interrupting – beginning a project, and being in a loving faithful relationship. (yes, all those things are possible.)You-Are-Strong-Enough-To-Make

Many people with ADD find extreme focus when they are in high stimulus activities. I have found ways to create that hyperfocus anytime I have to.  You can do it too. My life is riddled with mistakes and victories… But presently, I am having more success in my life than ever before. If you want to know more, just enter your name and email above and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Yoga and ADHD – Power and Focus

Yoga And Adhd

Can Yoga help ADHD. It does, I know it does. Anatomically it makes sense. People with ADHD have changes in neural functioning that the ‘normal’ population isnt gifted with. During my evaluations with ADHD clients, we follow exactly what the SHINE for Doctors program, created by Dr. Hallowell, has trained us to perform. Invariably, the client has dysfunctional core strength, proprioception, integration, changes in oculomotor processing,; just to name a few things. As it turns out, studies have shown that the ADD brain has one hemisphere of the brain that , not only, is smaller, but also functions weaker than the other side. The big technical term is called ‘hemisphericity’.yoga and adhd

the following article from http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2569

Will yoga be the next prescribed treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? An estimated 2.5 million children between 4 and 17 take Ritalin, Adderall XR, Strattera, and other prescribed drugs for the disorder. Unfortunately, the FDA has concluded that some of these drugs carry a troublesome risk of mania and hypomania, and may be associated with suicidal impulses.

As concerns about the safety of these drugs grow, researchers in Australia and Germany have found that children with ADHD may find relief and improved focus with yoga. “Yoga can be a lifetime friend,” says Pauline Jensen, coauthor of a 2004 study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. “It increases concentration, promotes mental and physical discipline, and induces confidence.” Though parents in Jensen’s research reported that the 8- to 13-year-old boys who practiced yoga once a week for five months were less hyperactive, the findings did not conclude that yoga and ADHD could replace drug treatment.

yoga and adhdHowever, a 2006 German study found that children undergoing drug treatment for ADHD can greatly benefit from doing yoga and that forward bends are particularly effective. “Forward bends increase exhalation by lengthening and deepening the breath,” says the study’s coauthor, Nicole Goldstein, M.D. “This is key in developing concentration.”

Im finding that integrating twisting poses, and balance poses, increases the connections and focus of my clients.

I chose these pics on purpose to give people an idea of what helps my ADHD during yoga..

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