If you’re anything like me, you find the holidays season overwhelming. There are more expectations from others than usual (making time to see everyone, keeping up with small talk, attending parties, cleaning your house, etc.). The routine providing the structure that normal prevents you from becoming a total basket case is completely thrown out the window.
Every activity, it seems, requires planning, attention to detail, and/or working memory (making travel plans, packing, buying gifts, keeping track of when and where things are happening, and what to bring or cook for gatherings, etc.).
And then, with the decorations, lights, music, conversations, children shrieking, toys whose batteries have yet to mysteriously disappear, televisions playing, noisy crowds, congested road or pedestrian traffic, and the depth of every emotion in each person’s body language and tone, everywhere you go is practically an immediate sensory overload.
So, yeah. Not super easy for the ADHD brain. (Or anyone’s brain for that matter!)
Making a guide for all the things I listed above would end up being a book, so instead I’ve decided to take you along as I craft a plan for myself in regards to one aspect: visiting and staying with family.