Why Can’t I Focus When I Know I Should?

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When you have ADHD, you know how hard it can be to focus on things that aren’t interesting to you, and how easy it is to get supercharged by things that are. You’ve probably heard this, or something similar, your whole life: “If you can pay so much attention to ___________________, why can’t you ever finish  ___________________?”

It can happen at home or at work. The tasks that are mundane or boring seem almost painful to you, and you have many procrastination and avoidance tactics to get around doing them. You’ll move mountains to get to the interesting stuff, though, and work through the night with laser focus and brilliant productivity. It almost doesn’t make any sense, to others or to you. How can you work so well at that, when you can’t do this?

Your interest level changes the chemistry of your brain

According to Dr. Thomas Brown and the recent studies into the science of ADHD, your interest level actually changes the chemistry of your brain, allowing release of chemicals that enable you to accomplish tasks. Here’s the catch—it’s not within your conscious control.

It all happens on a subconscious level, before you even get a chance to think about it.

So you can’t say, I choose to be interested in this task, therefore I will now release dopamine and/or norepinephrine now so I can accomplish it. Nope. It doesn’t work that way.

In a non-ADHD brain, a chemical is automatically released so messages jump the gap of brain receptors when a task is considered, making it easy to focus. In the ADHD brain, we don’t release and [Read more...]

The Truth About Your Brain’s Role in Your Success

According to Dr. Daniel Amen, author of the new book, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, the most important thing you can do to ensure the success of your business is to have a healthy brain.

Two simple ways to keep your brain healthy, especially important for business owners with ADHD, are:

  1. maintain a healthy weight, and
  2. get plenty of sleep.

Weight up = brain size down

“The findings in as many as 18 new studies,” says Dr. Amen, “show us that as your weight goes up, the function and physical size of your brain goes down.”

Now you can add “keeping your brain from shrinking” as another reason to pass on the donut in favor of fruit or nuts for your mid-morning snack.

More sleep = more blood to your brain

Studies have shown sleep to be a major factor in brain health as well. When you get less than 6 hours of sleep, there is less overall blood flow to your brain, which is critical to proper brain activity, according to Dr. Amen.

Night owls, take note. Maybe your brain fog could be improved with a little bit more sleep.

Making even small progress in these two areas can significantly improve the health of your brain, which, studies prove, significantly improves the health of your business — especially when you have ADHD.

Omega 3 is More Important for Your ADHD than You Think

This week’s tip is a sneak peek into my acclaimed book, “Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD.”

This tip, about the importance of taking Omega 3, is the first recommendation I make in the book, because it’s the easiest action you can take to help your ADHD with the biggest returns.

Omega 3 is more important for your ADHD than you think

Essential fatty acids are aptly named “essential” as they are essential for our health. Despite being so important, our bodies cannot produce this fat, so we need to make a conscious effort to consume it, both by the food we eat and by taking supplements.

The main categories of essential fats are Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Omega 3

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are all members of the group of fatty acids known as Omega 3.

Studies show that DHA and EPA are very helpful as they improve attention, learning, memory and [Read more...]

Computer games that are actually good for your ADHD!

Today’s article is inspired by a call Marcia and I did called “Online Programs that Can Help Your Brain and Improve the Way You Run Your Business.” 

When we think of computer games, the next automatic thought is “bad for me.” They eat up time when there are productive things to be done, and when we do indulge, we feel lazy and guilty.

However, there is a new breed of games that are good for you, your brain, and your ADHD. This is because the more we learn about the brain, the more we realize that, just like the body, we need to exercise the body to keep it in good shape. These programs help to develop and improve the cognitive functions that ADHD adults struggle with.

Here are 3 of the best! (And they’re so fun, you’ll forget they’re good for you!)

www.lumosity.com

Lumosity is a web-based cognitive training program designed by neuroscientists that allows you to improve your mental abilities by playing games. The games are [Read more...]