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It might be argued that positive thinking and Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do
with one another. But when viewed in depth
ADD contributes to bouts of negative thinking when
feeling frustrated by challenges
and frequent sensations of being overwhelmed. This negative
stance then makes
it even harder for us to manage those challenges and stifle the drive to move
Practicing positive thinking allows people with ADD to focus
on their strengths and accomplishments,
which increases contentment and motivation.
This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making
progress, and less time
feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that
you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns and inspire
an impetus to thrive:
1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It is easier to stay in a positive frame of mind when you
are eating well, exercising, and getting
2. Take Occasions to Remind Yourself of the Things You Are
Stresses and challenges do not appear quite as bad when you
are constantly reminding yourself of the
things that are right in life. When
you take time each day to focus and reflect upon the good things you
will make a huge difference in your outlook on life and living.
3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to
assume that we know what others are
thinking, but our fears are usually not
reality. Be assertive, if you have a fear that a friend or family member's
mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly
gossiping about you when you
turn your back, speak up and ask them. Do not
waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless
you have proof that
there is something to worry about.
4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told a partner "You are ALWAYS
late!" or complained to a friend "You NEVER call me!"?
and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem
worse than it is,
and programs your brain into believing that certain people
are incapable of delivering.
5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts cannot hold any power over you if you do not
judge them. If you notice yourself having a
negative thought, detach from it,
witness it, and do not follow it.
6. Squash the "ANTs"
In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,"
Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" - Automatic
These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like "Those
laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss
wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you
notice these thoughts, realize
that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!
7. Practice Loving Interaction with Your Friends and Family
You do not have to be an expert to know the benefits of a
good hug. Positive physical contact with friends,
loved ones, and even pets, is
an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress
some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received
higher tips from
these customers than from the ones she did not touch!
8. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness.
Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and
their positive energy will
affect you in a positive way!
9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
Everyone feels good after being a help to others. You can
volunteer your time, your money, or your resources.
The more positive energy
you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.
10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Adverse Ponderings
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is
to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something
When it comes to the corporate world, protocol
is pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to
different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It is never
productive, because it is
not rational or solution-oriented, it is just excessive
worry. Try changing your physical environment - go for a
walk or sit outside.
You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.
do are the basics of
productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire
thing to true productivity. There are those who seem to work well even under
pressure, but they are uncommon ones and
we are human and imperfect. To get these
little things like stress under our skins will not solve our problems.
Sometimes it takes a bit of courage to admit that we are turning to be
workaholics than tell ourselves that
we are not doing our best.
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