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Archive for August, 2017

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

How to give yourself the gift of SLEEP!

Have you ever found yourself falling asleep at your desk? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people operate on too little sleep, and they hurt themselves in big and small ways as a result. Sleeplessness contributes to high blood pressure, weight gain, depressed immune function, and an increased risk of catching colds and flue. It is also well known that lack of sleep leads to irritability, trouble concentrating and lapses in memory.

The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person. In Dr. Hallowell’s Distraction Podcast S2 Mini #13, he outlines how to determine how much sleep you need and offers tips for getting a good nights rest.

  • Set a regular bedtime
  • Take a nap or meditate
  • Don’t engage in heavy exercise before sleep

Listen here for more tips and give yourself the gift of sleep!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Married to ADHD? Dr. Hallowell and his Wife Answer Your Questions

 Dr. Hallowell and his wife, Sue, rejoins him on the Distraction Podcast.  Their prior podcast remains #1 in listeners.  They have been married 28 years, and are still working on their marriage.

They answer questions live on the broadcast:

Caller 1 – I’ve been with my husband with 22 years, he was diagnosed late in life with ADHD. How do you respond when your ADHD spouse comes to you with a new idea, business venture? My questions may come across as negative, but my questions revolve around time commitment and money. How can I stay positive?

Sue – Often, automatically, I come up with ” Oh yes, but….” – this drives him crazy. I feel as if it is happening right now, then we are going to have something happen that is quicker than a blink of an eye. I realize that most importantly, I can be enthusiastic. If I take the time to take the time… he will be more responsive. For me, it is my own anxiety about things getting out of control quickly. Often, he has already considered the options.

Ned – “I rely on my wife Sue to be the brakes to my Ferrari engine. One of the ways I strengthen my brakes is to rely on Sue. I try to learn from Sue how to put on the brakes, just as she tries to manage my often-times unreasonable expectations and dreams.”

Question 2 – Mindful Parenting classes – recently I started practicing mindfulness and meditation to learn to manage my 9 year son. What is your take on these classes? ……

Question 3 – my wife of 16 years has ADHD….

Listen to more on Season 2, Episode 11 on Distraction Podcast.

Ned and Sue’s prior podcast remains #1 in listeners.

 

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Can reframing the wording surrounding ADHD help erase the stigma?

ADHD will continue to have “stigma” as many of us with this trait require accommodations, but it should never induce shame. I call ADHD the “entrepreneur’s trait” in this US News Health article by Jennifer Lea Reynolds.

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