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Struggling with distractions in this amped up world? Renowned expert Dr. Ned Hallowell guides us through stories, guests, tips, calls, and lots of surprises too. If you’re pulled and prodded all day from many directions or tied to your smartphone and apps, this insightful and entertaining journey will help you regain control of your life in a fun and novel way. Give it a listen and … wait, did you see that bird?




S2 Mini 18: Celebrating a Day of Peace

Dr. Hallowell shares a personal story about his strong connection to a man from South Sudan, as he reflects on this year's United Nation's International Day of Peace theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. International Day Of Peace Website

Duration: 00:05:14

S2 Ep 18: Ned Says, "Adopt a Pet and Call Me In The Morning"

Anyone who knows Dr. Hallowell knows he LOVES animals, especially dogs. He's talked several times on the podcast about his own dog, Ziggy, and how he prescribes a dog for all of his patients. In this extra special episode, NY Times bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger, talks with Dr. Hallowell about her latest book, Maverick and Me, the story of a little girl who adopts a puppy and gives him a forever home. And then the Distraction team heads to an animal shelter to check out all of...

Duration: 00:17:08

S2 Mini 17: How Little Things Bring Big Joy

After a recent joyful experience with a power tool, Dr. Hallowell is moved to share his excitement for the little things in life. Is there a "little thing" in your life that means a lot? We'd love to hear your story. Send us an email or voice memo to connect@distractionpodcast.com. And please take a moment to take our listener survey. Thank you so much!

Duration: 00:07:23

S2 Ep 17: Dr. H Answers Qs About Changing Routines, Anxiety, Meds & More!

Dr. Hallowell addresses several listeners' concerns this week including how to change routines; anxiety and how it's related to muscular tension in the body; dealing with emotional stress; and controlling your reactions in certain situations. Ned also addresses a concern from one mother wondering if there is a correlation between ADHD stimulant medication and eating disorders. If you have a question you'd like Dr. Hallowell to address email a note or voice memo to...

Duration: 00:23:55

S2 Mini 16: Ned's Encouragement For Empty Nesters

As a parent of 3 adult children, Dr. Hallowell knows what it's like to have an empty nest. In this quick mini, Ned shares his thoughts on the transition that parents make when their kids finally move out of the house. And in Ned's case, what happens when they move back! As Dr. Hallowell says in this episode, "Empty nesters should celebrate victory." Have you taken our listener survey yet? Please click HERE to take our quick, 2-minute survey! Thanks in advance!

Duration: 00:03:49

S2 Ep 16: This Music Helps You Hyper-Focus

Scientists have discovered that there is a specific type of music for your personality type that can put your brain into a "flow state" making you hyperfocused. In this episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with Will Henshall, founder of focus@will, a company that is scientifically engineering music that has been proven to increase focus 4x and optimize your productivity, to find out how it works and why. If you'd like to take the focus@will quiz to find out what your focus music is, click HERE.

Duration: 00:21:21

S2 Mini 15: Hurricane Harvey Brings Out The Best In Humanity

Hurricane Harvey has brought trillions of gallons of rain to Texas but it's also brought something else-- kindness and compassion. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the heartwarming stories of how people and companies are coming together to help one another, and he also shares how you can help Texans in their time of need. To help: Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund. Hurricane...

Duration: 00:05:33

S2 Ep 15: Making a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

Whether your child has ADHD or not, most can use a little help with the changes and adjustments that going back-to-school requires. This episode is chock full of advice on how to set students up for success during the first few weeks of school and onward. In the first half of the episode Dr. Hallowell speaks with ADHD parent coach, Cindy Goldrich, about parenting the child you have, and ways to get all kids back into the swing of things. They talk about goal setting, not just for the kids,...

Duration: 00:28:40

S2 Mini 14: Football Widows (and Widowers) Unite!

We know there are plenty of couples who love football equally, but what advice would Ned give to those who don't share their significant other's passion for the sport? Listen to this quick mini and find out! Have you taken our listener survey yet? Click HERE to answer a few questions for us. Thanks in advance!

Duration: 00:04:21

S2 Ep 14: The Business of Fear

From terrorism, disease, war, kidnappings and more, we live in a fear-filled society. However, historically Americans are safer and healthier than ever before. So why doesn't it feel that way? Dr. Hallowell speaks with sociologist Barry Glassner, whose book, The Culture of Fear, explores why the perception of fear has increased, and not the actual level of risk. They talk about who profits from our fear and why. We also hear from people on the street about what they fear. Please take a...

Duration: 00:28:26

S2 Mini 13: How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Getting enough sleep is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Dr. Hallowell outlines how to determine how much sleep you need and offers tips for getting a good night's rest.

Duration: 00:03:46

S2 Ep 13: Protecting An Aging Population From Financial Peril

How do you know when your parent or loved one can no longer make good financial decisions? Unfortunately, many don't notice until it's too late. In this week's episode Hilary tells us her dad's story, an independent investor who lost his life's savings while battling Alzheimer's and dementia. Dr. Hallowell also talks to the man whose company is trying to help people avoid financial catastrophes like the one Hilary's family experienced. https://www.whealthcareplan.com We’re trying to learn...

Duration: 00:21:41

S2 Mini 12: Overcoming Distractions at Work

Be more focused and productive at work with Dr. Hallowell's strategies for combating the 6 most common interruptions. Please take our short listener survey by clicking HERE. Want to learn more? Read Dr. Hallowell's book: Driven to Distraction at Work

Duration: 00:05:31

S2 Ep 12: Yes, You Can Leave Your Phone At Home

When was the last time you left your smartphone at home... on purpose? We sent Dr. Hallowell out on an adventure without his to see how he'd manage, and of course, we were there every step of the way! After Ned's adventure, keep listening for a roundtable discussion that uncovers how your age might play a role in how you use your phone. Check out The Light Phone Take a listen to Season 1, Episode 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices featuring Joe Hollier, creator of The Light Phone.

Duration: 00:27:42

S2 Mini 11: 6 Minutes at the Beach Is Enough

Dr. Hallowell loves what he does for a living and can't imagine taking time off to "do nothing." In this mini, Ned challenges listeners to tell him why vacations are worth it. Please take a moment to participate in our listener survey! You can access it HERE. Thank you!

Duration: 00:04:12

S2 Ep 11: Ned & Sue Answer Your ADHD Questions!

Dr. Hallowell's wife Sue returns to Distraction to address listeners' ADHD questions. Sue Hallowell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been married to Ned for nearly 30 years. They've also raised 3 children together who all have ADHD, so you could say Sue is somewhat of a subject-matter expert! Listeners ask about issues with their kids, spouses and more. If you have a question or comment please email it to connect@distractionpodcast.com.

Duration: 00:35:59

S2 Mini 10: Handling Mental & Emotional Stress

Feelings of irritation, disorganization and procrastination can throw your life out of balance, but they often go hand in hand with an ADHD diagnosis. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell chats with fellow ADHDer James Ochoa, LPC, about his life's work to help others resolve their issues, tap into their passion and strengths, and realize their full potential by creating personalized strategies for success. Sign up for James Ochoa's newsletter by clicking HERE. James Ochoa's book: Focused Forward:...

Duration: 00:11:07

S2 Ep10: Just the Right Summer Distraction

This week we're sharing a few good distractions with listeners via our sister podcast, Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, and a recent talk the host and bookseller gave where she shared her best picks for summer. If you're looking for a good book to take on vacation or just want an escape from the every day, Roxanne has a ton of recommendations!

Duration: 00:25:31

S2 Mini 9: Watering Fake Plants Isn't Always A Waste Of Time

Ned draws a lesson from a humorous (but true) story of a fake plant in our studio. "Maybe by watering illusions, maybe we water our souls," says Ned about the on-going watering of an artificial cactus.

Duration: 00:04:34

S2 Ep9: Do You Think About Your Happiness?

Happiness is big business in the United States, but ironically we're less happy than ever. According to the United Nations' 2017 World Happiness Report the U.S. doesn't even make the top 10 list! In this episode we take a look at the happiness industry in the United States, and hear from the man who is running the longest study on happiness ever recorded to find out what secrets they've uncovered about living a long and happy life. Bob Waldinger's TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons...

Duration: 00:43:55

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