Before I tell you about it though, I want to thank all of you who wrote to me after reading last week’s ADHD Success.
You made a huge difference.
If you missed the newsletter, it was about living with ADHD during tough times – our beloved dog Carly Jean was deathly ill.
This week I’m happy to report that Carly is on the road to recovery. She’s eating again and regaining her energy. Though she’ll be on medication for weeks, we’re on the right track.
Our home is a much happier place!
Controlling ADHD Emotions
I learned something very important during Carly Jean’s illness that directly affects living with ADHD – mastering my emotions.
Carly Jean is a very sensitive dog who reacts keenly to my over-reactions.
While she was ill I quickly realized I needed to control my mental state better to help her heal.
Easier said than done. Like many ADHD adults, my emotions run close to the surface and boil over if I’m not careful.
My unleashed emotions weren’t doing Carly Jean much good.
She could tell I was frustrated when she wouldn’t eat.
She sensed my discomfort when I had to give her shots.
My fears and frustrations made it harder for Carly Jean to accept my help.
Last week I happened across a brilliantly simple breathing technique which instantly calms me. It’s lovely for ADHD emotional control.
Often breathing techniques recommended for ADHD mindfulness seem too complicated for our scattered brains to follow.
This powerful, yet simple, mindfulness breath practice is very easy to remember.
As I became more relaxed and mindful of my ADHD emotions, handling Carly Jean’s medical needs became easier, too.
A Simple ADHD Mindfulness Breathing Technique
Here’s all you do:
Breathe in very slowly to a count of three
Breathe out very slowly to account of six
That’s it. In three, out six.
When I do this Carly has been much calmer about letting me give her IVs and shots. I’m also able to get her to swallow her pills and to eat. What a relief!
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Next week we’ll get back to our series on ADHD structure.
Try this simple ADHD mindfulness breathing technique. Hopefully it will help you as much as it has me. Let me know what you think.