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Why Self-Compassion is Necessary When Living with ADHD

Why do you treat yourself worse than you would treat a dear friend?

That’s the central question of today’s conversation and it centers on our ability to muster self-compassion, a practice of treating ourselves well when we need it, rather than thinking of ourselves only in terms of our struggles.

The conversation starts with a walkthrough of concepts from The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, as well as Neff’s TEDxTalk, “The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion.”. Central to the conversation are the three core elements presented by Neff and Germer:

  1. Self-Kindness
  2. Common Humanity
  3. Mindfulness

We walk through each with examples today, and take a tour of the interconnected elements of anxiety and depression that sidle up next to ADHD on this journey toward self-compassion, and review how that impacts the ADHD brain. From there: Tools to build the muscle of self-compassion before you hit an ADHD storm!

Through Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright strive to help listeners with support, life management strategies, and time and technology tips, dedicated to anyone looking to take control of their lives in the face ADHD.