As people begin to look ahead to the Christmas holidays, the common question many ask is how to handle ADHD in the lead-up to the festivities. It’s after all, the season of gift-giving, of giving, of family, of love and warmth; and one of the most difficult challenges a person with ADHD will have to overcome is how to keep a close eye on those in their life who are tasked with providing joy and love during this joyous occasion. So, it’s important to invest extra consideration into your and/or your family’s mental health throughout the festive season and to maintain a close watch on those living with ADHD as anything which changes a normal daily routine could aggravate ADHD symptoms, such as something as festive celebration. It’s well worth the time to consider the issue of ADHD and Christmas, and how you can make it easier for everyone concerned to enjoy this period without the need for too much extra stress or anxiety.

The first step in handling ADHD and Christmas effectively is to ensure that medication is not the first course of action when it comes to dealing with ADHD during the holidays. In fact, the medication should be used only as a last resort, when other forms of treatment and behaviour management are not working. If you are looking forward to popping the ADHD pill, then there is no time like the present to start considering all the possible alternatives to medication. There are many alternative remedies available that can be tailored to suit the particular needs of each individual, without the use of dangerous drugs.

An easy way to manage stress and ADHD related depression while at Christmas is to create a ‘to-do list’ for yourself and your family. You can use the Christmas list to organise your shopping list, or perhaps just the list itself to keep you focused. Christmas is about enjoyment, so the last thing you want is to be distracted by feelings of inability to cope, which is often a common symptom of ADHD. When you have a to-do list, you are able to prioritise and concentrate on the tasks at hand without second thoughts about what might be bothering you or your loved one later on.

Another great way to relieve the symptoms of ADHD and keep calm during the hectic festive holiday season is to take advantage of the many outdoor activities that are open to you. Exercise is particularly important, but so is a change of lifestyle. Avoid the heavy and sedentary lifestyles that are so predominant in the modern era. Instead, find time to walk, cycle, swim, or do some energetic sport such as aerobics or yoga. Not only will these actions relax you, but they will also help you deal with the symptoms of ADHD as the day goes on.

One problem with taking medication for ADHD and treating its symptoms is that sometimes the medication causes undesirable side effects, especially in children. These side effects may include changes in appetite

and sleeping patterns, nausea and headaches and stomachaches. In these circumstances, natural remedies for ADHD may be just what the doctor needs to control the disruptive behaviour without bringing about any ill effects.

A good idea for relieving the symptoms of ADHD while you are out enjoying the sunshine, sand and warm weather is to plan a trip to the seaside or a weekend away with the family. Choose a destination where there are no bars and plenty of relaxing options. Plan short breaks so that your

children can spend time with each other. Take them swimming, hike on a trail, or spend time in the pool. It might sound silly, but the fact is that when you are away from home and under the care of a specialist, you are vulnerable to the ups and downs of the market and stock markets. During this period, you will need to make sure that you are eating well and drinking plenty of fluids so that you do not suffer bouts of food intolerance or go off track with your spending time.

The best option is to take your child out on a trip without any medication so that they have the chance to interact with other kids their own age. If you are taking medication for ADHD with stimulants, it is very important that you limit the amount of time you spend outside with the family. Taking medication for ADHD is one of the most effective ways to relieve symptoms and calm hyperactivity but it is not an excuse to abandon your kids in the care of strangers. When children are left by themselves at holiday time, there is a higher risk of them becoming disinterested in school work and neglecting their responsibilities. It is a false economy to be taking medication for ADHD when you can put your child in the care of trained and caring professionals who will ensure that he has as much fun as possible during his school holidays.

When you return from school, you can then plan a family day out to take the kids out to explore the local town or city. You can also use this time to celebrate the holidays with your family and give each member a chance to blow off some steam. ADHD medications do not have to be something that dampens your family’s enjoyment of the holidays and instead can help to make the season a more enjoyable time for all. Medication for ADHD can help to ensure that your loved ones have the chance to fully enjoy the festivities and if they are struggling with disruptive behaviour, it may be an ideal solution to allow them to go out into the world whilst being properly taken care of.

If you would like some further guidance and support on managing your ADHD over the festive season, then please contact us at The ADHD Centre on 0800 061 4276 or via [email protected] for an in-depth ADHD assessment to improve your understanding of the disorder and to know what treatment method is fit for you or them.