The holidays are often a time of great stress for those with mental health challenges. It’s the same for those with ADHD – this ultra busy time of year demands exceptional organizational ability, abilty to handle stress, willpower to withstand the influences of too many goodies….all the things that are hard for folks with ADHD.
Yes, it’s a demanding time when the pressure is on to finish work, enjoy the time off with family and friends, but not blow the budget! The holidays are particularly challenging for those with impulse control issues. Last minute shopping is the norm, but fast purchases, often bought on credit, leaves a bit of mess come January.
This might be the time to think about giving yourself a holiday gift: make 2012 a year to take charge of your ADHD symptoms! If you are one of many whose ADHD has got in the way of your work, your school grades, or your relationships, take the time to think about how you are going to make some changes in the new year.
Learn as much as you can about how ADHD affects your life: it plays out differently with everyone. Think about your core challenges, and what type of support might be used to address them. Do you need a coach? A therapist? A med review from your physician? A new workout buddy?
And if it’s your child that has ADHD, this is also a time to plan for the year ahead. Have you been keeping good contact with his or her teachers this year? Does your IEP reflect their true needs, strengths and challenges? Are they headed toward a great June report card, or another year of disappointment?
Over the holidays, when you have time to slow down and think about what you want in the coming year, do yourself a favour and plan for some support, either for yourself or your child.
Contact me now to set up some early counselling sessions, either by phone or email, to get you headed in the right direction!
Happy Holidays to All!