Hey lovely people,
The holidays can be rough for everyone. And for us Neuro Distinct folx it can be difficult to explain how differently tough they can be. Routine changes, flashing lights and loud music, social pressures, crowds and fine motor control puzzles can throw a spanner into your executive function machine, at the very least.
For me it is an exorbitantly overwhelming time that I struggle to keep just shy of whelmed. But however you want to celebrate – small, big, quiet or noisy – your way is valid.
That might mean:
- Taking time out from a big social scene to lie on your bed with NC headphones on and recuperate (ie: get some spoons back)
- Blocking out “Do Not Disturb” time to revise your plan for the next few days
- Opening gifts the way you want to (for me it’s one piece of tape at a time)
- Politely stating your boundaries
- Getting a buddy to help you out when it gets too much (or too little)
Here are some more exceptional tips for both neuro distinct folk and allies from the peeps at Exceptional Individuals to make the festive cheer more cheerful for all. I’d would love to hear your thoughts and tips on making it through the holidays https://exceptionalindividuals.com/about-us/blog/neurodiversity-and-the-holiday-season/
And just so you know…
You are enough. You are appreciated.
Happy holidays all,