Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a chronic neurobehavioural disorder which is responsible for problems associated with inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity in many children and adults. Due to its manifestations, these persons may find it hard to sit quietly in a spot.
Fidgeting with their hands and tapping their feet or squirming in their seats is a common occurrence. They tend to lose valuable things easily, owing to the fact that their minds can’t seem to settle on a particular task for long. Hence, an abrupt loss of interest in tasks and discourse becomes inevitable, because focusing appears to be an insurmountable issue.
If you have an ADHD, you would likely blurt out answers to a question even before it has been asked or may find it painfully difficult to wait your turn in a queue. People with ADHD don’t usually act in a calm way. They make a lot of silly mistakes now and again because they wouldn’t pay careful attention to details or even slow down a bit.
What’s more, they could get unnecessarily anxious and a shade too garrulous. Experts have linked these symptoms to the inadequacy of a neurochemical called dopamine in the brain, which helps improve focus and maintaining a calmer disposition when in sufficient amount.
It is logical to think that when one had rested sufficiently or is in a relaxed state of mind, they tend to take more calculated decisions and their attention is remarkably improved. Recent studies have found that meditation as a ritual could thicken certain parts of the brain responsible for the coordination of impulses, concentration and execution of certain tasks.
You may be wondering how meditation could help with ADHD symptoms in adults. Do you wonder why when you are mindful of yourself, controlling how you think seems easier and why you can bring your attention and reactions under your control a lot easier? Have you imagined the benefits of mindfulness in the midst of distractions? How do you study best?
I guess your answer to that question has to do with maintaining a calm and collected posture and trying to be mindful of the task you’ve got at hand. The result isn’t different when you apply it to the case of ADHD. In fact, studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation boost dopamine levels in the brain which is a clear indication that this relaxation technique could be a most potent therapy, and it had been overlooked all the while!
Mindfulness meditation is a technique developed to try and bring all of one’s concentration and attention to bear on the specific moment. Researchers have made several inquiries into this new therapeutic landscape over the years and experts are hopeful that this method might as soon be a widespread therapy for ADHD symptoms.
In a like manner, after a certain period of close examination it was observed, in a group of people who had ADHD, that those who had to practise the art of conscious mindfulness had a considerable improvement in symptoms related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially as pertains to attention, compared to the others who didn’t participate in the mindfulness exercise.
Those who partook in the mindfulness exercise exhibited the symptoms of attention deficit to a much lesser degree than they used to. Experts have suggested that simple mind-enhancing activities such as concentrating on one’s breathing while, perhaps, one walked home from work could do the trick. Hence, as exercise is to the body so is mindfulness as well as meditation to the human brain.
So, it doesn’t matter if you like the sound of the rain making puddles in the old loamy courtyard, or if you had a terrible day yesterday. Maybe you’ve had today scheduled out properly and the rain seems to be messing everything up.
Try and close your eyes. Assume all these things happened in one of your dreadful nightmares which you had contumaciously chosen to forget. Open your eyes and meditate on the empty tin can oscillating to the rhythm of the little stream of rainwater meandering down towards the water outlet in front of the yard.
Take a little time to imagine how the can got there in the first place and by the time the rain had let up, your mind must have had a dynamic rest and trust me you’d be set to record one of your most amazing days! Such little acts of calm recollection or meditation could work great wonders in allaying the obnoxious symptoms of ADHD you may have.