What is Impulsivity?


  • Impulsivity is related to response inhibition, which is the ability to think before you act.
  •  Develop a “pause.” 
  • Identify a specific situation that happens daily in which you can practice self-control. 
    • Write down the situation you want to work on with the desired outcome. “When… Happens, I will….” When my brother says something stupid, I will take a breath before I respond. 
  • Develop a mindful practice to help develop the “pause”. 
    • You can practice paying attention to something in your immediate environment either internally like your breath or something externally like the trees. 
    • When your mind wanders, just observe your thoughts, and turn your attention back to what you are focusing on in the present moment.

For more information on how to address impulsivity:

Impulsivity - The ADHD Centre - Mindfulness Practices To Hone The Six Executive Functions Of The Brain

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