Meditation has been around for quite some time. I’m sure we’ve all heard of it, to say the least. Some of you reading this may even practice meditation. There are definitely quite a few benefits to meditation. I’m sure you can think of a few ways it can be beneficial.
For those of us with ADHD, the thought of sitting still, turning off our thoughts, and meditating might be scary and feel impossible. Trust me, I used to think this. I honestly didn’t think that I could meditate. I knew the benefits, but didn’t think that I’d be good at it, like many others with ADHD.
However, whatever we may think, it is possible for us to meditate. It is something that we can do and benefit from.
As individuals with ADHD, we tend to run on adrenaline. We’re often (if not always) in go mode, trying to get as much done as we can, which can be so draining and tiring. We also struggle with concentrating and focusing, which is one of the main struggles of having ADHD. This last one many are aware of. It can help with getting better sleep.
Well, meditation can help us slow down and help us with our concentration. It can be beneficial for us in the long run, much like it can help others who don’t have ADHD.
Here are a few things that you can do to meditate and help you slow down.
#1: Start Small
As ADHDers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just give up. So, start small. Start with what is manageable for you. Whether it’s a couple of minutes, or 30, just make it possible for you to finish. It doesn’t have to be long, when you start.
#2: Get comfortable
Okay so this may not be something that is recommend by meditation books and teachers. But let’s face it, it’s easier if you are comfortable. If you fall asleep, it’s probably because you need it. If you’re comfortable, it can be easier to focus on what’s going on inside you.
#3: Take Slow, Deep Breaths
Sure, it may not be easy at first, but it comes with practice. Doing this will help you slow down a little. It gives you something to focus on, while your meditation. Sure, you may get distracted, but you can always bring your attention back to your breath.
I’ve been doing some meditation now and again. It’s usually not too long, only maybe 5-10 minutes. And I’ve found it quite helpful. It helps me stay into with how I’m feeling. I feel calmer afterwards and most of the day, if not the whole day. It’s not always easy. Some days I have an easier time focusing on it and getting through it than others, but that’s all normal. Just like anything, some days are going to be easier than others.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, which is fine, but there are still some benefits.