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Archive for January, 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

January Greetings and the Need for Silence from Dr. Hallowell

Greetings from a snowy day in January in Boston. Actually, from my office in Sudbury, just west of Boston.

As I look out my window I see the world globed in flurries, as in the child’s shake-toy, and I see the birches nude next to the evergreens, and I see the little tracks of the rabbits, chipmunks, and other hardy creatures that in winter roam the woods next to my heated outpost, and I hear the familiar silence that a gentle snow bestows upon our world.

How much we need that silence….  Of course, every day we have to get done what has to get done, and we must make noise as we do it, generating a kind of ambient racket the mental traffic jam that soon fills our minds once we hit work makes, full of the horns, sirens, screeches, and crashes that our brains emit, like side effects of working life, as we deal with what we have to deal with, day in and day out.

So how much we need that silence.  I am reading a book whose title is “Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion–Amazing Insights into Nothingness,” with chapter titles like “Zero, Zip, Zilch,” and “Nothing in Common.”  It is all about how much there is to be found in nothing.

But, of course, our lives must focus on something.  Nothing comes of nothing, as Shakespeare said.  But he also said, “Much ado about nothing,” and it is out of nothing that we came and into nothing we shall go.

Or is it?  Perhaps we came from silence, and into silence we shall return.  Perhaps we came from a place we cannot see, cannot hear, and cannot find, but we can sense, in silence.  Perhaps there’s more to it than nothing, or maybe there’s more to nothing than we are led to believe.

My wish for you all, and for myself, is to find nothing, to find moments of silence now and then, and in those moments intimate what else actually might be there, with you, or there, far away from you.  Intimate what you and I will never be able to hear, see, or feel, or touch, but can approach, indirectly, inadvertently, accidentally, through the medium of nothing, of innocent, pure, and uninterrupted silence.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Embrace the Chaos!

Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D.

It’s that time of year when I receive requests for more information about my services from previously “put together” folks who have discovered they need extra support to reach their next level.

Plus, my own family is in “full-out” mode attending performances, traveling, tackling the never-ending homework pile each of us has (whether real or proverbial), managing health issues, making vacation plans, and welcoming visitors — chaos seems to abound.

My guess is that you may be feeling this chaos effect too. I’d like to share with you my “Embrace The Chaos” philosophy that has been useful to me and my clients:

1) Notice the wave of activity and changing tides and choose to embrace those activities that are most meaningful for you and my family.

2) Plan time each day to scan the swirling opportunities on the horizon, grab the ones that are most meaningful and say “No” or ignore those that are not. The key here is to make a decision or choice so you can stop thinking about the options.

3) Make sure important (not necessarily “urgent”) activities stay on the radar and are planned around . . . think revenue-generating activities for your business, self care (so you can keep doing what is important both at work and home), family care and connection with important people in your life. Do important things ONE at a time . . . some days my mantra is “all I have to do is ONE thing at a time.”

4) Be spontaneous when it adds joy, meaning, and connection to your life and those around you (and the cost doesn’t out weight the benefit).

5) Plan time to recharge at intervals that will keep you energized so you can enjoy the possibilities that arise.

Beginning February 26, 2104 Sarah will be leading a 6 series workshop entitled: Mindfulness Skills for Adults with ADHD

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Tips to Help Your Child with ADHD Manage Anger

It is not uncommon for a child with ADHD to feel angry. Impulse control, coupled with academic and social pressures, can cause frustration. Dr. Hallowell offers tips to help your child manage anger in the ADDitude Magazine article.

Monday, January 6th, 2014

What is it like to have ADHD?

85% of adults with ADHD are undiagnosed.  Watch Dr. Hallowell and Ty Pennington explain what is it like to have ADHD.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

2014 New Year Resolution Suggestion from Dr. Hallowell

One resolution that may not be on your list could be one of the most important things you do for yourself in the coming year… and years.

Connecting with others is proven to increase our health and well-being. Dr. Hallowell suggests 11 Tips for a well-connected life on Shape.com.

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