Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: The Effects of Gratitude Meditation

Here’s another article for those of you that like brain research like I do: "Effects of gratitude meditation on neural network functional connectivity and brain-heart coupling." Practicing gratitude meditation on a regular basis makes you feel better. When you feel better, you have the energy and motivation to do more. When you get more done, you feel accomplished and grateful. The connection strengthens and then you feel even better. This isn’t just woo-woo good ju-ju stuff. This article provides a scientific study (with graphs and cool brain scans!) to prove it:

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Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: The Scientific Results of Mindfulness on Your Brain

There’s been a lot of talk lately about mindfulness and how we should all be practicing it. I found the article "What Does Mindfulness Mediation to For Your Brain?" at the Scientific American that explains the biology behind it in an easy way. I know that I, for one, like to know the science behind something if I’m going to jump onboard with a new habit. So here is an explanation as to how mindfulness strengthens the connectivity between the pre-frontal cortex and the amygdala, and how this increases your attention and concentration. And we can all use that. Ready, set, focus!

Here's my favorite excerpt from the article:

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Recommended Reading From Mind Coach NOLA: ADHD Treatment Success

"ADHD's Common Denominators: 11 Hidden Truths That Unlock Treatment Success" over at ADDitude Magazine is a superb summary of how to approach treatment for ADHD or executive function disorder. My favorite:

Mainstream Solutions Aren’t Helpful

"Pills do not give skills. If patients normalize their symptoms with medication, but continue to approach the tasks of life with neurotypical techniques that will never work for them, nothing changes."

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Mind Coach NOLA on Making Exercise a Habit

Most of my clients call me when they are stuck because of procrastination, lack of motivation and inability to follow through. We work on a variety of skills, like setting goals, planning, and prioritizing. After a week or two, the subject of exercise comes around. “I really should, but I just don’t have time.” “I just don’t like it.” “I haven’t been able to stick with it.”

With coaching, all of my clients have eventually been able to make some form of exercise a habit. And the reason is that it makes them feel so good!

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Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: The ADHD Brain

"6 Things You Didn't Know about the ADHD Brain" at ADDitude Magazine is an interesting article on how stimulants work for or against the ADHD brain. This is a clear explanation of the latest research on why it’s hard to get motivated and stay motivated, but also how emotions cannot be regulated automatically at all times. Surprisingly, it doesn’t all take place in the prefrontal cortex. Read on... the mystery unfolds.

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Mind Coach NOLA on Phubbing

Have you heard of phubbing? It's a recently coined term—a combination of "phone" and "snubbing"—that describes the act of turning your attention to your phone in the presence of others. "Phubbing" is always a bad idea, but, like slot machines in a casino, our phones are designed to attract our attention. Dr. Emma Seppälä is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Co-Director of the Yale College Well-Being Program at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Seppälä has written an important article in the Washington Post explaining why phubbing is so damaging to your personal relationships, and what you can do about it.

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Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: The Power of Hyperfocus

The article "The Opposite of Distracted. The Epitome of Productive" over at ADDitude Magazine offers a quick explanation about hyperfocus and how to harness that incredible ability to your advantage. Many people struggle to find their state of flow, their bliss, to get in the groove. Whatever you want to call it, you've got it naturally! Go, innovator brain!

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