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Dr. Hallowell’s Holiday Stress-Busting Tips!

A Survival Guide to managing ADHD and the Holidays  

Decorate the house. Done

Mail the holiday cards.  Done

Buy gifts.  Done

Sigh…if only planning for the holidays was that simple.

In reality though, for the nearly 9 million adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dr. Hallowell knows that the holidays create the perfect storm.  It’s a   stressful time for anyone and when you add ADHD into the mix, it can be overwhelming. Between juggling work, holiday parties, tons of lists, chaos with kids and unpredictable surprises along the way, it’s enough to send even the calmest person into a panic.

It’s a never ending cycle of to-do lists that never get done, juggling acts that falter and expectations that fall short.


So Dr. Hallowell offers the following tips to help cross out some of those items on your holiday to do list and ease the holiday headache for adults with ADHD and anyone else trying to remain sane in this crazybusy world:


1. Shop smart and shop early.  Last minute shopping is a big no.  There’s too much pressure.  So start as early as possible. 

2. Make a list of people you need to buy for and don’t buy too many gifts for each person.  That will keep the process from becoming too daunting. 

3. Create a schedule of events and don’t over schedule.  That will help you stay on task.

4. Get enough rest.  That will help you stay focused.

5. Carve out time to exercise or have some quiet time to yourself.  The downtime will really help when you’re in crunch time.

6. Keep up with your regimen during the holidays and be vigilant about it.  

The holidays are not the time to try something new.  They are the time to stick with what’s tried and true.  That will help ensure that you’re at your best this holiday season and you enjoy yourself.  Remember to take time and savor the joy of the moment.

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