The holidays can be challenging. The holidays during a pandemic can be more problematic. The holidays during a pandemic if you have ADHD can be brutal.
Here are some tips to make it just a little bit easier.
1. Say “No, thank you.” Declining invitations and requests can be the easiest way to reduce stress and anxiety. Because someone asks for your time or energy doesn’t mean you have to give it. Saying “no, thank you” to someone else is saying “yes” to yourself.
2. Take time for yourself. It’s not selfish; it’s self-preservation. Even a few minutes of solitude can recharge your batteries. Time for yourself can include simple things like a quick walk, finding a quiet place for a cup of tea, and calling a friend. Take time; you are worth it.
3. Delegate whenever possible. Contrary to what we may believe, people generally like to help out and contribute if given the opportunity. Let them. Since we are not having big gatherings this year, it may be the perfect time to try take-out from your favorite restaurant or grocery store.
4. Create and maintain a budget. Creating a budget for non-negotiable expenses like holiday donations, family meals, and presents for the kids will save stress and worry about what to do then those credit card bills come calling. Remember, these holidays are not about the stuff but about connecting with those we love.
5. Reduce gift-giving. Finding the perfect gift for someone can be stressful. I suggest reaching out to the people you usually exchange gifts with and suggest something different. Possibly meeting for a socially-distant walk, having a video meeting to share time (not stuff) together, or writing heart-felt letters that can be preserved long past the holiday season. However, if you do feel like gift-giving is necessary, here are some great articles on ADHD-friendly gifts for those you love:
Whatever you choose to do this holiday season, remember it’s all about connecting with the people you care about. Bring on the holiday joy!
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