Surviving the holidays with adult ADHD can be challenging enough to be almost painful. There’s so much to do! Where do you start?
Also, I don’t know about you, but sometimes being cheerful throughout it all is more than I can manage!
We’re overwhelmed by day to day living as it is. Suddenly, Thanksgiving rolls around to burden us with a cartload of extra tasks and activities.
Worse yet, we expect ourselves to juggle it all with style and an even temperament.
It’s torture. At least for me and most of my ADHD coaching clients.
No matter how many lists we make or how organized we are, it’s still too much.
Other than huddle in a fetal position in a corner, what can you do? Let’s get up out of that corner and dust off our ADHD holiday survival skills!!
Tricks for Surviving the Holidays With Adult ADHD
Surviving the holidays if you have adult ADHD is possible. The trick is you need to be smart about it. Simplify and focus.
Here are some holiday survival tricks:
Cut out the extra stuff; the things you do because you feel you should. One of my rules in life is no shoulding on myself. Cute, eh? I’m saying no to things I don’t like. No, I should NOT go to any ornament exchange parties!
Instead, center your holidays on the people and things that bring you joy and meaning. I holler a happy YES to all the Christmas caroling I can manage. Singing is my thing and it makes me very happy.
Yes, it can be difficult to let go of the shoulds. But, if you have ADHD you probably have a reputation for being eccentric as it is. Revel in it.
Simplify and focus. Create a holiday that’s meaningful to you. That’s the trick to surviving the holidays with Adult ADHD.