People with ADHD can easily get overstimulated any time of the year, but during the holiday season, the chances of getting overstimulated are greatly amplified. I know this because I have ADHD myself, and I specialize in helping other people with ADHD learn ways to manage their brains. The holiday time can be really fun and special for many people, but for others, the holidays can bring up painful traumatic memories. It can be easy for people with ADHD to go overboard by having “too much fun” (to the point of burnout) or to get so withdrawn that they feel ultra-depressed, un-motivated, and their sense of self-esteem plummets. People with ADHD get overstimulated faster than neuro-typical people because emotional regulation and impulsivity are executive functions that are often impaired with people with ADHD. How can you balance your energy during the holidays so that you can make the most of your time? If you’re someone who gets overwhelmed this time of year, this post is for you!
I know there are still SO MANY more things that I could add to this list. What are your favorite things to help you manage your energy during the holidays?
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