Yes, Virginia, you can enjoy the holidays, even with a healthy dollop of Adult ADD/ADHD.
For an Adult ADD/ADHD perfectionist (or wannabe) this can be an over-the-top experience of dread, stress, anxiety, overwhelm and utter frustration.
Holidays create an unbelievable need to have everything perfect. Just like it was when we were kids, or like it’s shown on TV, magazines, Pinterest (you get the drift).
Beautifully wrapped gifts for everyone and in equal amounts. Don’t forget the gift receipts, just in case you didn’t select the perfect gift.
Option: on-line and on-time. Forget battling the traffic and weather.
For some, a wide variety of cookies, homemade, picture-perfect, and don’t forget the 12 dozen for the cookie exchange.
Option: buy them and create colorful, delicious platters. Slice and bake if you want a few “homemade.” Gracefully exit the cookie exchange.
Holiday greetings in the form of family letters, family photos, stuffed, addressed, stamped and mailed before December 15th.
Option: wait until after the holidays! Everyone loves get something in the mail post celebration. Or, use social media and catch everyone at once.
Decorations! That can be a two-part process depending on where you live. In the colder climates, holiday decorations start appearing around Thanksgiving, or around a balmy weekend that’s above 30 degrees.
Option: hire them, or abstain and say you’re protecting the environment.
Indoors is another situation.
Big decisions: decorate every room? color or theme? live or faux? plastic or breakable? got enough batteries?
Option: if you have a tree, consider the beautiful faux options. Boxed, lit and ready to assemble, a possible new tradition vs suiting up, trekking out into the woods and bagging a live one. Big savings on the emotions and physical mess (especially if taking it down looks like February).
The perfect meal(s).
Option: you can buy the entire meal from a grocery, box store or caterer. Tried it at Thanksgiving, and delicious!
Don’t forget the sacred family traditions, or the start of new ones.
Option: this can be difficult, however, with Adult ADD/ADHD I believe that you can embrace and appreciate your creativity, unique style and seat-of-the-pants execution.
Above all, try to enjoy yourself, family and friends!