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Why we interrupt others...
...and some tips for cutting back
My name is Trina and I interrupt people. A lot. All the time actually. Hell, I interrupt MYSELF basically every minute of the day. Let’s see where you stand 👇
According to this article in VeryWell mind, “the tendency to interrupt conversations or cut people off likely stems from a combination of ADHD symptoms including poor impulse control, inability to choose what we pay attention to, and poor working memory.”
I don’t know about you, but: ✔️✔️✔️
My habit of interrupting others has really been one of the hardest traits of ADHD to deal with - since most of the time others just think that I’m being rude and inconsiderate.
OR, I bite my tongue (sometimes literally) so that I won’t interrupt, and I end up completely losing the conversation because I’m trying so hard not to interrupt. The struggle is very real. I have a feeling that you can relate.
A few tips for my fellow interrupters:
⭐ Ask for understanding from friends and family - if the topic of conversation is really interesting/exciting to you, let them know ahead of time that you’re really excited to talk about it and that you’ll try not to interrupt, but that it could happen
⭐ Practice deep breathing during conversations - Inhaling deeply can help lower stress levels, enhancing our ability to concentrate on the immediate task – actively listening and connecting with others, rather than talking over them
⭐Don’t be too hard on yourself - remember that this can be a part of having ADHD. Self-compassion goes a long way here. 💖
What tips do you have for ADHDers struggling with interrupting? What’s working for you?
In other news… it’s PODCAST DAY!!! This week I'm joined by my friend, Chris Wang, from Shimmer - ADHD Coaching for Adults. We're taking a dive into 9 signs it might be ADHD, looking at Russell Barkley's work from the book Taking Charge of Adult ADHD
Oh! And if you’re interested in 1:1 Coaching with me - I have ONE whole spot left on my calendar and I’d love to connect and learn more about you. You can take a peek at my calendar HERE and see how coaching could help.
Learn more at: TrinaHaynes.com
So much love,
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