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How ADHD can impact your child’s social life

While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most commonly associated with difficulties related to a child’s ability to concentrate and pay attention, ADHD can affect more than just your child’s academic performance at school. It can also impact their ability to socialise and interact with other children as well as adults. For the children themselves, this can often be the most difficult part of having ADHD.

In 2015, research indicated that ADHD was the most common mental disorder among children and adolescents and was found to have serious impacts not only on the child themselves, but their relationships with family, friends and their school.

Children with ADHD tend to lack the vital social skills that not only help them to make friends, but also form reciprocal friendships with other children. Nonstop activity, impulsiveness, and confronting or demanding actions tend to create feelings of annoyance or irritation amongst peers and often cause arguments and disagreements to occur. Children with ADHD can also appear withdrawn or not interested, and struggle to understand other people’s feelings. This all impacts a child with ADHD’s ability to initiate and develop long term friendships.  When children with ADHD do have friends, the friendships tend to be of lower quality and less stable than typical friendships between children.

If your child is struggling socially, there are a few ways in which you can try to make it easier for your child to engage and interact with others:

  • If you’ve noticed your child struggling to make friends because they often interrupt or have trouble filtering what they say, you could use role play with your child to demonstrate appropriate dialogue and turn taking.
  • If your child is losing friends, you could involve your child in a sporting group or other group activity that allows them to engage with other children that have similar interests.
  • If your child often overreacts in social situations, when it happens, ask them to explain what has upset them and then talk about how their reaction may be affecting others. This will help them to recognise their triggers and the impact their actions have on others. Discuss with them more appropriate ways to respond when they are frustrated.
  • If your child has problems with following through, particularly with group work, you could introduce tools like checklists and charts that can help them to get organised. This can help to ensure that their group doesn’t feel let down when working with them.

To learn more about how you can practically support your ADHD or ADD child, please contact us for a free initial consult.

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Lacking motivation, and wondering why?

Have you ever found yourself staring at a pile of dirty dishes or a full garbage that needs to be taken out, with zero motivation to get it done? Or maybe you have some vague goals you want to achieve but don’t have that ambition driving you forward. And more to the point, you don’t know why!

Many people wait until they feel a spark of inspiration to start working on something or take action. But unfortunately waiting for that spark could take a while!

When you’re struggling to find motivation, it may help you to have a goal in mind or visualise the outcome you want. But again, this often isn’t enough of a push.

Most people believe they live their lives consciously; setting yourself goals and living your life with the intention to reach them. But incredibly research now suggests that your subconscious mind is where the majority of your cognitive activity (95% to 99%) comes from; with the conscious mind only having 5% influence. This means your subconscious mind is capable of helping you to achieve, as much as it can sabotage or limit your capabilities without you even knowing it.

It’s not always clear why some people have developed self-defeating thoughts or habits, but it is possible to reprogram them.

Hypnosis is capable of influencing the unconscious expectations that determine your approach to life, the attitudes you apply and the choices you make. It is a medium that can help to reprogram your subconscious mind to be more positive. Positive thinking becomes instinct; freed from the effort of trying to be positive; you will begin to expect the best automatically.

If you truly believe that things are going to work out for the best, then not only will you feel more confident, but you will have more energy and enthusiasm to achieve.

 

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Confidence is key – how to build yourself back up again

People with confidence are often admired and can be seen to inspire confidence in others. Confidence is presented when a person feels self-assured and has a true belief in their capabilities. They know that no matter what obstacles come their way, they can overcome them; seeing the positive side, even when things aren’t going to plan.

Consider CEO’s of the biggest companies in the world or professional athletes at the height of their careers; these are the types of individuals who have high confidence and self-esteem. This level of confidence opens the door to significant success and achievement.

But don’t get me wrong; confidence doesn’t only apply to those who want to lead people, companies or countries. For the rest of us, confidence plays an important role in helping to achieve successes at work, in personal relationships and simply everyday life. It helps you to be unafraid to take risks which may have life-changing effects.

However, most people find themselves plagued by feelings of little to no confidence; thinking your work is not good enough, or that you aren’t as smart or attractive as your colleagues are common thoughts when you lack confidence.

A great way to build up your confidence is through hypnosis. Your subconscious mind stores over four hundred million pieces of information related to our personal attitudes, beliefs, values and thinking. When placed into a deep state of relaxation through hypnosis, a person becomes highly receptive to new suggestions and ideas. During this state, a therapist can help you to form positive thinking and improved behaviour patterns that will help to build your confidence.

Having confidence is vital for anyone to be able to lead a full life. Hypnosis is a positive process that will help you improve your confidence mindset and enable you to lead a happier and healthier life.

 

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Don’t let anxiety rule your life

Feelings of anxiety in certain situations can be helpful; keeping us protected from danger by triggering our survival instincts. But when your worries become persistent or are blown out of proportion, it can start to get in the way of you living your life.

An anxiety disorder is characterised by feelings of fear and persistent worry that can negatively impact and take control of all aspects of a person’s life. Some of the most common anxieties are fear and/or worry of social situations, authority, relationships, or financial matters.

A person living with anxiety will learn to avoid certain situations that create feelings of worry or panic, and don’t recognise the impact it is having on their lives. For instance someone who experiences feelings of anxiety at work may unintentionally put themselves in a situation that leaves them overlooked for promotion.

If not addressed, anxiety can lead to other mental disorders such as agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder. But anxiety does not have to control your life. There are plenty of effective tips, tricks and treatments that can help you overcome feelings of anxiety.

Some simple tips or tricks that you can try are:

  • Take the time to relax….! We all think we know how to relax but chilling out in front of the TV or playing a video game isn’t true relaxation. They may seem to relieve you of stress through distraction, but it’s effect will only be temporary. For proper relaxation, try things like deep breathing or yoga to calm your mind and body.
  • Get enough sleep! Sounds simple doesn’t it? But when it comes to the right amount of sleep for your needs – think not too much, but not too little.
  • Eat healthy and exercise. Choose foods that will give you long-term energy instead of short bursts, and participate in exercises that send oxygen to every cell in your body.

If your feelings of anxiety are becoming harder and harder to manage and are negatively impacting your life, consider seeking professional help. Hypnosis is a proven, non-invasive method for overcoming anxiety. The process of hypnosis is rewarding, positive and safe. A person who has received hypnosis therapy can often feel a boost in confidence, increased self esteem and a more positive outlook on life.

Hypnosis calms your nerves, mind and the whole body, alleviating the stress that hinders your everyday life. When a person undergoes hypnosis, they are placed into a deep state of relaxation. It is during this state that the subconscious mind becomes receptive to positive suggestion, new ideas and perspectives. It is then that a therapist can provide motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and a means of overcoming anxiety. This process will help to change the behaviours and thinking patterns of the person receiving the treatment.

If you want to overcome anxiety and lead a happier life, contact a member of the Brand New Mindset team today.

 

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