Avoiding Holiday Havoc with ADHD

by on December 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am

Unfortunately, stress is often synonymous with the holidays – and if you or a family member has ADHD, a little simple planning is crucial to surviving and enjoying the season!

Maintain a Schedule

Loss of routine is often the biggest challenge for individuals and families alike, as ADHD sufferers function best with structure. Of course, patterns will deviate as children are off from school and adults from work, and guests come and go. By determining big events and timetables, you can create a sense of security accompanied by knowing what to expect, which helps to create a flexible schedule to follow – thus eliminating the feeling of chaos.

Don’t Mess with Dosage

Maintaining consistency with natural remedies as well as prescription medicine should be a part of any vacation plan. Furthermore, as herbal and homeopathic remedies work to support balance in the body, taking a ‘break’ may leave you or your child at a disadvantage when school or work begins again, with the first few weeks spent trying to get back the full therapeutic effect. In addition, consider having extra doses of remedies when additional support is needed, especially during late nights.

Keep Waiting to a Minimum

The holidays are filled with events that require patience, which is not a trait that comes easily to ADHD sufferers. Shopping, extended religious services, opening presents, large (and drawn-out) family meals, and waiting on performances can wreak havoc on an ADHD individual. Try and minimize wait times when possible – have others save seats in advance, do online shopping to avoid long lines, and avoid restaurants during high traffic times when longer wait times are inevitable.

Simpler Pleasures

Use breaks from work or school to enjoy activities that are relaxing – not stress-inducing. Sometimes travel or vacationing can be more taxing and draining than staying home. In addition, it’s easier for parents to maintain established rules and boundaries when kids are in familiar, comfortable environments. However, when travel is a required, be sure to set expectations in advance, have remedies on hand, and always remember to have fun!


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