Our emotions and behaviors are connected to the thoughts we have. It may not feel like this is true because our emotions show up so fast we may not feel we can identify the thought we had before the emotions we experience.
Because of ADHD, we experience our emotions intensely, whether towards others or ourselves. Practicing mindfulness creates the foundation we need to increase our self-awareness. Being more self-aware gives us a chance to notice the thoughts we are having, resulting in the emotions we are experiencing
When we are experiencing increased anxiety, take a moment to pause and notice our self-talk. Are we saying things like, “We have to get a home run. We can’t make any mistakes.”
Noticing what we say to ourselves allows us to challenge our thoughts. Asking the question, “Is this true? Is this really, really true?” Doing this gives us a choice to ease the pressure we put on ourselves and remind ourselves we are human. The result of challenging our thoughts and choosing to lighten up, even if it is just by 2%, often results in better performance and outcomes.
When up to bat, focus on taking a swing. Don’t worry about getting a home run. Just get some wood on the ball.