It takes DESIRE to manage ADHD:
- Diagnosis (self explanatory)
- Education (learn all you can about ADHD from reputable sources)
- Structure (creating external systems of organization to compensate for a lack of internal ones)
- Individual Responsibility (learn how your ADHD affects you and take responsibility for managing it)
- Energy (don't give up)
- I want to practice mindfulness to help me focus on building skills one at a time and following through (finishing) projects. I want the practice to help me develop as an artist.
- My apartment is not an ideal place for meditation or a mindfulness practice, so I will go on "mindfulness walks" around my neighborhood (sans dogs). The exercise and sunshine will be encouraging bonuses!
- Having just read that researchers at UCLA found that adults with ADHD are more likely to stick with a mindfulness practice if they start with short sessions, I plan to start with 5 minute long meditations once a day.
- I am more keen to try silent meditations, but am open to guided ones. I have downloaded UCLA's mindfulness app for the latter.
- I want to be more mindful when in the studio, especially when I am practicing new techniques. I would also like to be more mindful when hanging out with my dogs.
- I will start my practice tomorrow and have written a reminder on a post-it put on my computer screen. I'll create a practice log here on Are.na and hopefully the public nature of it will keep me accountable.
Mindfulness "roadtrip" plans