Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention... - Deepstash

Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The 3 Reasons ADHD Adults Need Downtime to Be Productive

When you have so much to do, taking downtime can feel uncomfortable. This is partly because ADHD can make it hard for you to slow down, but it's also because you have developed a habit of "being busy".

Because it's a habit, you need to take time and practice to unlearn "being busy".

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Your brain, much like the rest of your body, needs rest to stay healthy and operate at its highest level.

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Breaking the habit and forming a new one where you allow your brain time to rest and recharge is important. Because it's hard to do, you should start with a short time. 

Maybe just 15 minutes. There are some tasks you can do in 15 minutes that provide stimulation while being restful, like brewing a pot of tea or coffee, wiping down your kitchen benches, a short moving meditation, or interacting with a pet.

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Your brain can only work so hard before it conks out. When you overwork your brain, you become less productive.

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It can seem counterintuitive when you already feel overwhelmed and behind, but adults with ADHD need downtime to be productive.

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An ADHD brain needs to get enough stimulation even while resting.

Some activities that can be restful with a small level of stimulation include:

  • "mindless" walks
  • light cleaning
  • pulling weeds
  • taking a bath
  • walking meditation
  • sleeping

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There is a difference between being stimulated and overstimulated. When your brain is overstimulated, it can feel like running on a hamster wheel with no end in sight.

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The Daily Breaks We Need
  • In a given day, time is fairly distributed to everyone, but energy is more of our own domain and fluctuates during the day.
  • Better exercise provides us with more energy levels, resulting in better productivity.
  • Taking breaks or doing some varied activity can enhance our energy levels, and there are three kinds of breaks that our mind and body needs to replenish and nourish itself.

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While working in fast food restaurant , we got three breaks in eight hours shift: 2 15 min smoking break and a 30 min lunch break.

And taking break during daily activities proven to increase energy levels, and highly likely to improve mood.

And people are happiest when exercising, socializing and engaging in spiritual activities.

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1. Reserve Mornings for Deep Work

You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.

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