Conquer Holiday Travel Stress with ADHD

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    The holidays can be stressful for everyone, but if you have ADHD, it can feel incredibly overwhelming. It’s hard to plan a trip, pack last-minute items, keep track of everything you need to do and not forget to have a good time.

    But don’t worry—we have your back! Read on to learn how to simplify the process and make holiday travel fun again.

    Traveling With ADHD

    Break Tasks Into Smaller Chunks

    Big tasks can be intimidating, so break them into smaller chunks that are easier to manage. For example, instead of thinking about packing for an entire week’s worth of activities, focus on just one day at a time. Make lists for each day and only take out what you need for that day to avoid overpacking. Another tip is to pack clothes in outfit combos so you don’t have to overthink your clothing when you get there.

    Combine Stressful Tasks With Fun Activities

    Combining activities that give you stress with things that bring you joy helps make the whole process more enjoyable. For instance, if making a list stresses you out, listen to music or watch a movie while doing it. This will also help motivate you and create positive associations with anxiety-inducing tasks.

    Use A Checklist

    Creating checklists is another excellent way to stay organized and ensure nothing slips through the cracks during your travels. Write down all the essential items like medication and chargers and cross them off each time they are packed or accounted for. This will help reduce any worries or anxieties about forgetting important things before your trip. Plus, once every item has been checked off the list, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

    Need a Travel Packing Checklist?

    Smarter Travel has a free printable PDF resource to download!


    Traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful when you have ADHD—by breaking up tasks into smaller chunks, combining things that give you stress with things that bring joy, and using checklists, holiday travel can become more manageable and even enjoyable! So this holiday season, don’t let anxiety hold you back from having fun; use these tips as guidelines for success!

    Happy Holidays!

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    Devang Patel

    I am a board certified family physician. I am married and have two beautiful girls. I have ADHD too (hence blog name I was diagnosed with ADHD during my residency training AFTER medical school. Now I want to help others lead more productive lives by giving practical examples and suggestions.

    DISCLAIMER: The content in this blog is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog or on this website.

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