Natural Self-Care for ADD/ADHD

Experts recommend a holistic approach for living with ADD/ADHD. As well as learning as much as you can about ADHD and receiving support from peers and professionals, here are some do-able self-care strategies that can help you feel better and function at your best!

1. Realize that having to focus all day can be draining and find the time to rest and renew. This could mean playing a video game, taking a walk, reading a good book, or just lying on the couch and staring at the ceiling! The most important thing is to NOT feel guilty because taking the time to re-energize your body and mind is an essential component of functioning at your best.

2. Try to evaluate whether you are putting unrealistic demands and expectations on yourself. Continue reading “Natural Self-Care for ADD/ADHD” »

Teaching Qigong to High School and College Students with ADHD

For a number of my clients, anxiety, being scattered, and feeling overwhelmed can be a result of their executive functioning challenges. When we combine the practical aspects of ADD/ADHD coaching with some relaxation, meditation, and Qigong practice, they have expressed to me how much they enjoy it and feel they are benefiting.

I wasn’t sure how this would work with teenagers and young adults with ADHD, but it has been very well received. It helps them learn to slow down, relax, and be aware of themselves in the present moment – skills that most of us could use! I have led clients (all ages) through meditation and Qigong practices in person and over the phone. Continue reading “Teaching Qigong to High School and College Students with ADHD” »

A Quick and Healthy Breakfast to Feed the Brain

There are mixed opinions as to whether diet affects ADHD. I am of the opinion that diet affects everything, so why not ADHD?
It makes sense that nutrients that are good for the brain could only help.

Experts such as Dr. Daniel Amen, recommend a diet with lots of protein, less simple carbs (such as candy, corn syrup, white rice and white flour), more complex carbs (such as brown rice, whole grains, and vegetables) and more Omega-3 fatty acids.

If you don’t have much time in the mornings and want something dense with nutrients, here is a suggestion. It’s called a “Green Smoothie” and it only takes a few minutes to make. It works for me to help my brain feel sharp and my body energized. Of course use your own judgment taking into account food allergies, personal tastes, etc. etc. Continue reading “A Quick and Healthy Breakfast to Feed the Brain” »

How Qigong Helps People with ADD

What is Qigong? It is a graceful, moving Chinese meditation that uses inner focus, affirmations, visualizations, and breathing in order to enhance the flow of chi (life energy) in the body and improve mental and physical health. It is considered a branch of Chinese medicine and there are many different forms of qigong. It is closely connected to and has many similarities to Tai Chi, although Tai Chi is rooted in the martial arts. Qigong is easier to learn and our consciousness is as important as the movements.

How can Qigong help people with ADD? It is a moving meditation which can be easier for the restless body. It includes visualizations which fit with creative, bright minds. It promotes focus, deep relaxation, and anchors us to our bodies, which is so important when our thoughts are all over the place. And it balances and modulates our organs – including the brain. Continue reading “How Qigong Helps People with ADD” »