It’s December and the holidays are upon us – Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the New Year. Many of us take to Pinterest and scour the internet for glorious ideas of how we’ll wrap a gift, bake cookies, throw parties, shop, send holiday cards, visit with family and friends, etc. It’s a joyful, yet stressful time of year. For those of us with neurodiverse brains, this time of year can be hellish. Don’t get me wrong, I celebrate Christmas, I love Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday.
Somehow every year I manage to try to cram every single thing I can into my holiday planning and wind up disappointed when planning goes sideways or I don’t manage to do everything on my to do list. And my lists are LONG.
While neurotypical folks plan to complete one or two tasks in a day, we neurodiverse people manage to do three, day-long activities in a day. I’ve been known to clean my house, pull out all the christmas decorations, go out and buy a tree, bring it in and light and decorate it and the house, make dinner, followed by making a double batch of holiday bread, and clean it all up… with no help from another person on the planet. I know some of you can relate. Normal for an ADHDer, unheard of for my “normal” friends. Just bringing in the tree and decorating it is usually a day-long event for them.