How to Meditate When You Have ADHD

How to Meditate When You Have ADHD

Throughout your recovery journey, you learn many different coping methods. One of the more popular ones is meditation/mindfulness. When thinking about meditation, a lot of stereotypes can come to mind. You may picture yourself sitting in a room alone with your legs crossed, hands out, and breathing deeply. This thought can be nerve-wracking, especially if you suffer from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Focusing can be a difficult task while struggling with this mental health disorder, so the thought of sitting and trying to do nothing while your mind is going a million miles per minute does not seem like something that would help with your recovery journey. The most common misconception is that there is only one type of meditation; however, that is not true. There are many different ways to meditate and styles that can with ADHD, and even help you to improve your focus. Healing Pines Recovery believes in not only healing your body in recovery, but healing your mind as well. We offer many different types of holistic mindfulness treatment options that can help you.

How Does ADHD Affect Focus?

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders typically diagnosed in children and continues through their adult life. According to an article posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is defined as having difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, and being overly active. When you have the feeling of constantly needing to move around, it can be challenging to focus on the tasks at hand and even more difficult to sit down and take a breath. At times, it may even feel like your mind has a million different thoughts running through your head. Times like this are when meditation can improve your daily living and help you slow down your thoughts.

Meditation is a great way to help retain focus and calm the mind. In recovery, you might create an internal to-do list, and with ADHD, it can be hard to focus on one thing at a time. With meditation, it allows you to start with one task, see it through, and then move on to the next. Focusing is something that you may struggle with, and at times, it can seem impossible. Yet, with a little practice, anything is possible. Healing Pines Recovery offers many different mindfulness treatment options with varying types of meditation for all men.

The Different Types of Meditation

When you think of meditation, the first thought you may have is someone sitting in a room alone with their eyes closed and breathing deeply to the sounds of nature. While this is a common stereotype, some meditation styles do incorporate this, but there are still many other ways to meditate. With ADHD, it can be hard to accomplish this type of meditation and, at times, even frustrating because it can be hard to grasp one thought at a time and then let it go. This is especially the case when you have many different thoughts that are going through your mind. Luckily, there are styles of meditation that can be beneficial for you that Healing Pines Recovery has to offer, such as:

  • Guided meditation
  • Daily reflections
  • Dream interpretations

Along with these types of meditation, group meditation options allow you to participate with others. These styles help to alleviate the feelings of having to do it alone or without assistance. Some of the group meditation and mindfulness activities Healing Pines Recovery offers include:

  • Outdoor experiential therapy
  • Pottery
  • Art therapy

There are many different ways to approach meditation, including being active, which can help you when struggling with ADHD and the feelings of needing to move. The overall goal of meditation is to help you become more in tune with yourself and your thoughts. There is no right or wrong way to approach meditation, and if one style does not work for you, that is okay because there are others available to explore so you can find the perfect fit. Healing Pines Recovery aims to create a recovery plan specific to you.

Meditation and Recovery: A Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body

At Healing Pines Recovery, we believe that long-term recovery is important to heal the body and the mind, so learning to meditate and control your thoughts and focus is a significant part of treatment. Being in tune with your mind and body allows you to tailor a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Through meditation, we help men to achieve mindfulness so they can fully heal. When you have a clear mind, it opens you up to your treatment plans and helps you take one thing at a time, as well as being able to focus on your recovery journey. Meditation can truly benefit you with emotional balancing and help prevent relapsing.

Meditation is an ideal way to heal your mind throughout your recovery journey, but at times, it can be difficult for those with ADHD. With many different approaches to meditation, there is a style out there for everyone.

Working through recovery and learning new coping skills like meditation is something that should always be considered. With ADHD, it can be difficult to think that meditation is achievable, especially since focus is something you may struggle with. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about meditation; it is not simply sitting with your legs folded and breathing deeply. Meditation can take many forms in many different settings, and there are many ways it can benefit you.

At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer many meditation methods to boost mindfulness. Healing the mind is just as important as healing your physical body. Meditation can be a wonderful coping skill to incorporate, and it even helps those with ADHD to improve their focus.

If you or someone you know is seeking further treatment options and identifies as male, do not hesitate to reach out today at (720) 575-2621.

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