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Happy New Year

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on December 31, 2012


“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller

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3 Things You Can Do To Stress Less This Holiday Season

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on November 29, 2012

  1. Don’t try to do everything well. Choose one thing that’s important to you this holiday season and work on doing that one thing well. Simplify things by hiring help or lowering your standards for what is acceptable. For example, instead of trying to create a picture perfect home for the holidays, hire someone else to clean and organize for you. Or, change your standards from “picture perfect” to  “cluttered but clean “ .

  2. Watch a feel-good holiday movie. Nothing gets me in the spirit more than watching a holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel. These movies allow you to escape your chaotic life for a while and focus on the true spirit of the holidays.

  3. Plan and visualize your post-holiday activities. For many people, the holidays can be a letdown when they are over. If you miss being around people, plan to get together with friends for lunch or dinner after the first of the year to stave off those post holiday blues. If you feel overwhelmed during the holidays, you might want to plan some alone time once the chaos dies down. Plan something that will allow you to decompress and rejuvenate. Visualizing your plan can help you get through high stress holiday moments.

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Audio Post: What are you thankful for?

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on November 28, 2012

Listen to My Audio Post: What are you thankful for?


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Happy New Year!

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on January 10, 2012

Wow, it’s already the second week on January and I feel like I’m already behind. Did the New Year sneak up on you, because it certainly did for me.

As I get older time seems to go by faster and faster. That’s why I think it’s important to slow down and think about how you are spending your time, what really matters to you, and appreciating where you are right now.

I was starting to feel bad that I was late sending out a New Year’s post but in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter? No!

Better late than never – I am posting Happy New Year to Everyone!

“Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”
Richard Carlson

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A Twist On Gift Giving

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on December 9, 2011

This year I’ve decided to take some of the mental stress and financial fatigue out of the holidays. When one of my friends told me that she was frantically trying to get her holiday shopping done. I took this opportunity to suggest that we not exchange Christmas gifts this year but instead, celebrate the holidays by giving the gift of sharing our time together. With some relief, she said that was a great idea and she would love to just get together over the holiday vacation.

It seems that everyone I have suggested this to is filled with relief that they don’t have another gift to get or receive. Gift giving and receiving can be a burden especially in a down economy when people are unsure about their financial and job situation.

So, I have pledged this year to put a twist on giving gifts. Here are some ideas:

  1. Share the gift of spending time with someone instead of exchanging material goods
  2. If you really want to give something – make a donation to a charity in their name.
  3. And, if you are tired of struggling to choose the “perfect” gift for someone, why not give them the gift of buying their own gift. Buying gift cards can be a great alternative to traditional holiday shopping. First of all, you can buy gift cards just about anywhere. Second, it takes the pressure out of finding the “perfect” gift and ensures the recipient gets exactly what he or she wants.

Here are a few more holiday ideas:

  1. You know those photos that you always say that you will get around to organizing? Here’s a great solution – Ritz Camera has a service where you can bring in all your old photos and they will scan them and make a CD or DVD for about $50 for 400 photos.
  2. Do you know someone who needs the gift of organization? How about a subscription to the new magazine Getting Organized!  You can buy a digital or print subscription.
  3. Check out this online topic: Handling Holiday Stress and ADHD:
Who: Marie Paxson, former CHADD president
When: Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern time)
What: Handling Holiday Stress with ADHD

Does the upcoming holiday season conjure images of family togetherness, decorated homes, elaborate meals and feelings of peace, joy, and harmony? Maybe it just…doesn’t? We all recognize the “perfect” holiday is pretty unrealistic. But individuals and families affected by ADHD have an even tougher time experiencing even some of the joys of the season. Luckily, there are solutions and strategies available to pave the way for a more peaceful holiday season and some easy-to-implement backup plans if things fall apart.

CHADD Past President Marie Paxson tackles questions on the upcoming holiday season and ADHD stress in our December Ask the Expert Chat. Participants will get the chance to ask how they can make the season merrier by facing holiday stress head-on and plan events where ADHD symptoms are a concern.

Please click here at 2:45 PM (Eastern time) the day of the chat and follow the instructions on that page to sign in and participate. This is an online chat only and there is no audio.Transcripts: Available to CHADD members one week following the chat.

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