Best Gift to Give For The Holidays!

Give the gift of presence this holiday.  It is what makes for lasting memories as the gift that truly keeps giving!

Practicing “Mindfulness” as the Key to a Peaceful Holiday Season

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
— Thich Nhat Hahn

This holiday season is a great reminder of what truly makes memories that will last a lifetime. It isn’t the number of gifts we receive but rather the time we spend with our loved ones. In short, it’s the act of being present.

A person struggling with ADHD or other executive functions may need direction this time of year on how to become connected to the true gifts of the holiday season of love joy and compassion. The term “mindfulness” is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.

As Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist teacher would remind the world to do — Be present, be in the moment and Enjoy life.

Here is a list of some ways you can help create a peaceful holiday: being mindful can bring you joy in every moment.
  1. Be connected to your breath.
    Conduct a simple breathing exercise of inhaling and saying to yourself, “I am here” Then, breath out and feel the air leave your body for a few seconds. This can bring you back into the moment and leave you feeling connected with yourself, again.

2.  Pick a healthy way to take care of yourself. Take a walk.
Walking mindfully and slowly while paying attention to the sensations on the bottom of your feet offer other personal experiences. Notice how the body moves as you walk with awareness. Take one step at a time.

  1. Prioritize your time.
    Start each day with a few minutes of quiet time. Reflect on the day ahead to help you prioritize your tasks and stay in tune with your emotional state. Recognize important things that need to be done. Identify any stressors and decide how you plan to address them. This process can help you follow through successfully each day.
  2. Actively listen to one another.
    As students get excited for the holidays and receive an academic break from school, it can be a stressful time in the household. Elementary students are exploding with boundless energy while anticipating once-per-year events. High school and college students are studying frantically for their final exams. Parents are preoccupied with navigating their holiday to-do lists.

The combination of feeling overwhelmed, being excited with the seasonal events and the reality of academic stress can severely affect family relationships.

Now is the time to encourage one another to identify the feeling.

What emotion are you experiencing? Are you sad, stressed, angry, anxious, joyful, disappointed, excited or embarrassed? Accept the authenticity of your feelings and express the emotions verbally.

By expressing your feelings it can release negative emotions. Also, by being an active listener, you can demonstrate that you are present and validate the needs of others.

When you practice mindfulness, you are in a state of concentration. Because you are , and can sustain that awareness, it is said that you are concentrated. By being fully concentrated, you have an opportunity to make a breakthrough – and to achieve insight.

This practice of cultivating stillness in your life, loving speech and deep listening will bring joy and happiness to others and yourself. This holiday, achieve the true gift of happiness and joy by being in the moment and being present for others. It may be the most joyous season yet when all feel that their needs are being heard and therefore met.

Michelle R. Raz, M.A. Ed., is a professional executive function coach and educational consultant. Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is packed full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

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In this episode, Michelle shares a very personal and entertaining story of living life with ADHD.  The scenarios that happen can be  stressful and chaotic events but can be fuel for entertainment later on.  This carpool soccer trip has quite a few turns and mishaps anyone  can appreciate.   This is a perfect example how living life with ADHD is full of scenarios that just can’t be duplicated and is stuff that just cannot be made up!   A Starbucks stop for frappuccinos, the dog and six soccer girls eager to get to their game is the scene.  It set the stage for a major mishap while driving through the high mountains of Colorado to reach their soccer game.

To learn more about Michelle visit  www.razcoaching.com.   You can read recent blogs, listen to past podcasts and link up to her daily Instagram quotes   at instagram.com/razcoaching

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Sticking to a routine you know is what you need to succeed can be simply exhausting!   Stop being a slave to your adhd and make each structure you have in place be your shiny object again.   In this episode,  Michelle Raz, ADHD specialist puts a new twist on those old structures put in place  keep your life balanced.  She gives examples and few suggestion how you can repurpose those routines without losing the productivity.

You can visit her website at www.razcoaching for other tips, tricks and advice for living with ADHD.  She has blog articles and free downloads where you can put her advice to work.

ADHD: The Job Search and Procrastination

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder plus ambiguity equals stuck.  And stuck equals procrastination, especially in the quest of casting yourself in a career or a job. Think about it. What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you know what are you good at? Is there a perfect  job for you? How do you find it? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, host and ADHD coach Jeff Copper has an open discussion with Michelle Raz.  She is the owner of http://www.razcoaching.com   and premier ADHD coach,.  The focus is around the challenges of getting past the ambiguity and procrastination for those with ADHD to get a job. Michelle brings some particularly enlightening expertise through working with college students. If you are looking to move forward in life, this is a show you don’t want to miss.

Attention Talk Radio is the leading site for self-help Internet radio shows.  The show focuses on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD).  This  includes managing symptoms of attention deficit disorder, adults with ADD, or adults who have children with ADHD. Hosted by attention coach Jeff Copper.  It is designed to help adults and children (particularly those diagnosed with or impacted by attention deficit disorder or its symptoms) in life or business who are stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated. It will help adults and children get unstuck and moving forward by helping to open their minds and pay attention to what works.

ADHD Coaching: My Personal Road

In this episode, I share with you my own personal road to ADHD coaching.  It has been many years, since I went down the road to research, investigate strategies and find the help my family needed.  It inspired me to launch a career in ADHD coaching over a decade ago. I am still going strong at it!  I look for new ways to inspire people and provide guidance on their own journey to find strategies that will work in their lives.

So that’s what is what has driven my passion for ADHD. Over many years I’ve been able to help hundreds of people. This journey has turned into  my passion and purpose.  I continue to want to share this with other people.

At Raz Coaching, I specialize in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them

If you have a story to share about your own journey with ADHD, I would like to hear it.  email at [email protected] or visit my website for more information at www.razcoaching.com .   Or My academic site at www.coachingacademics.com
where you can learn how I help students succeed in college.    My academic coaching program is designed specifically for people who struggle with executive function challenges.  This is a very structure and high accountability program. It specifically deals with time management, working memory, procrastination, motivation and emotional regulation.  People have called it THE SILVER BULLET to college success!

If you know of someone that might need ADHD help, please send them to my website where they can gain a lot information for free.

 

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