- 28 Apr, 2017
- Lydia Herrera
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- ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Parenting an ADD or ADHD Child, self-talk, support for parents of ADD/ADHD children,
Listen to this message here.
When you walk into your home, what do you see?
Are you seeing toys, books, magazines, backpacks or jackets strewn around?
Are there dirty dishes in the sink?
Are there clothes on the floor in the bedroom?
Or is everything in its place?
It’s surprising how clutter in your “space” usually means there’s clutter in your mind.
It may show up as worry, stress, negative thoughts or negative emotions.
And just as a cluttered home can feel gloomy, clutter in your mind can be suffocating.
The good news . . .
Just as you can spring clean your home, you can ‘spring clean’ (de-clutter) your mind of the gunk that weighs you down.
1) BE MINDFUL.
Negative thoughts and emotions can be so ingrained in your mind and habits that you hardly notice them. And yet, they can affect you in ways that can cause problems:
- With your ADHD kid
- In your family or other relationships
- With your own self-esteem
So it’s important to be aware of the “inner conversation” that’s going on in your head…
self-criticism, judgements, beating yourself up about the past, negative comments to or about others, not seeing possibilities.
2) Monitor your emotions, how you feel physically, and what you’re thinking.
- When you find yourself getting down on yourself or your kid … STOP! Be realistic about the situation and about what you’re feeling.
- It’s okay to be tired, frustrated or angry
- BUT it’s not okay to stay there.
- Check the words you are using. Are they hurting or helping the situation? Are they reassuring, or are they keeping you upset
3) Make a Plan for desirable changes.
- Take a break from what you’re doing now. Even if just for a few minutes. A break can help you see things from a different perspective.
- Breathe … deeply. It helps to calm your body and your mind.
- Make a list of what you are grateful for. You’ll be surprised at how much good stuff is in your life.
- Organize your space. You’ll feel lighter and more in control.
- Visualize what you want. More effective discipline for your child? Better communication with teachers? A calmer home atmosphere? Time for self-care? Think of ways to make it happen.
- Ask for help. It’s okay not to be ‘super mom.’ Get the family involved, just don’t expect perfection. 🙂
- Ask for help from others who have expertise in what you are concerned about.
When you have a plan, it’s more likely that what’s important to you will actually happen.
If you’re ready to make changes in what’s going on now with your ADHD kid so that you can see the progress you desire . . . then . . . schedule your Clarity Call today. Don’t let things stay the same … DO SOMETHING!
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