ADHD symptoms can sometimes compromise appropriate communication. Here are some tips that can help you practice effective communication:
1) Communicate face to face when possible
When you are able to use nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, tone of voice, and gestures, you are able to communicate much more than using words alone. The emotion behind communication may be lost via phone, text, or email.
2) Actively listen and avoid interrupting
Attempt to keep eye contact when talking to someone. If you find yourself wandering, try to bring your focus back to the conversation. Once you learn how to actively listen, it should help you to avoid interrupting as frequently.
3) Ask questions
During conversations, it is common to be thinking of our own thoughts. Instead of changing the topic, practice asking others questions about what they are talking about. This will help to show them that you are paying attention and are interested in what they are saying.
4) Ask them to repeat themselves
If you do find your attention wandering, it’s okay to tell the person when you realize or ask them to repeat what they said. Letting the conversation go too long will keep you confused and it will be tougher to get back into it.
5) Manage your emotions
There may be certain topics that trigger you to become emotional or lead you to saying things that you regret. Try to practice mindfulness meditation, which can help with lowering impulsivity and improve focus. This will help you gain control over your emotions and prevent emotional outbursts.
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