It’s easy to push through and ignore the obvious. You may find yourself repeating the same patterns of behavior which may be counterproductive or even harmful. It’s one thing to say you want to make a change. It’s another to actually do it.
If you find yourself resisting, it helps to do a little soul-searching:
1) When do you find yourself losing focus? Are there certain activities that you’re avoiding or that are throwing you off track?
2) What are you thinking about when that topic or activity comes up? If you start to panic, get stressed out, or start convincing yourself that you can’t do something, that’s a red flag that there is something else going on.
3) Are you moving or sitting at a desk all day? Physical inaction can lead to stifled creativity and feeling scattered or stuck.
After being involved in a freak accident in 2011, I had trouble focusing and completing things. My mind was constantly racing. It felt like having a spin cycle in my head. I called it “accident-induced ADHD”. I also began mixing up words, especially nouns.
Eventually, I found a really good chiropractor. He conducted a series of exercises that proved that the hemispheres of my brain were not balanced. In fact, it appeared that one side was asleep. As someone who has worked with tons of students with ADHD issues, I used to do some of these exercises with my young clients. I decided to try something for brain integration that would be much more fun: drumming.
It worked like a charm! It also healed my physical injuries as well. I created special techniques and now I help others.
You can fire up your creativity and integrate your brain by doing activities that involve “crossing midline”. These are activities which cause you to alternate your arms and legs so that they cross over the middle of your body. This actually helps sync up the left and right hemispheres in your brain. This is why drumming is so beneficial!
If you’re stuck behind your desk all day, you can get up and do stretches. I added a brief demonstration in this week’s video:
You can also:
– Go for a walk or a run (Stretch out and cross midline before and after).
– Swim some laps.
– Play tennis.
– Air drum! Not nearly as fun as whacking on a drum but works in a pinch.
Make sure you drink plenty of water after these activities for added brain benefits! If you’d like more information, feel free to contact me! What helps you focus and be more creative? Leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She helps people get unstuck and do what they love! Dori is a drum healer, inspirational speaker, and coach for creatives. She is an expert on creativity and ADHD and is the best-selling author of Finding Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. Dori has training in drum therapy, therapeutic drumming, and is a percussionist. To book Dori for drumming or speaking,contact her here.