ADHD Guide to Happier Holidays
Time is not your friend during the holidays. There’s so much more to do. If you have ADHD, time challenges are part of what you face during the year. Here’s a simple guide to a happier holiday for you and your family.
Keep self care at the top of your list
Holidays are the season of lists, with lists having lists. Top off your list with holiday self care. This is the time to keep your exercise, medication, meditation and sleep schedules without disruption. Keeping these routines on track will help you stay energized and positive.
Set your budget early and keep on track
Finances are a major part of all holidays. There’s gifts to buy, food to purchase and always last minute unplanned expenses. Set up your budget early, with specific names and dollar amounts. Leave a little wiggle room for last minute purchases. There’s apps for that too! Spendee, Mint and EveryDollar help you track your funds. Even before you set out to shop, open up all the Amazon boxes and make a list of all the gifts you purchased throughout the year. The power of a small, thoughtful, handmade gift can make a big impact if your funds are small. A donation to a meaningful charity in the family’s name shows thoughtfulness. Simple gifts are profound and from the heart.
Meet to know what’s most meaningful
By far the most important and valued time of the holiday season is time spent together. Get your family calendar together in early November. Invitations, school plays, church gatherings and other celebrations will start soon! With your family, decide what’s most important and meaningful to each family member. Be ready to prioritize and then capture on your calendar these dates early. When double bookings arise, take a few minutes to send a gracious thank you and proceed as planned.
Team work makes holidays easier
Make a list of what you have to do this holiday season. Now write a name next to the responsibilities where another person, team or tech can do this work. Delegating is the way to have extra time to get the most complete. Create partnerships for work that can be done by more than one person. A partnership means that there will be laughing and fun, not just work to get done. Look for community members to be a part of your team too, like teens who babysit, wrap or add extra hands when needed. There’s lots of ways to add help in the holiday season.
Holiday are not all perfection all the time. Take time this holiday season to find ways to make your holiday happier, and not perfect. The most imperfect holiday is often the most memorable.
I love the idea of sitting down to plan events on the calendar. Don’t get surprised by events, but instead have your computer close by so you can look up all the dates and times. If there are conflicts, it is easier to make choices on a relaxed November evening than the night before in December!
@Seana – great idea to look up the dates and record them early!