Returning from a Vacation with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Concerns

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Having ADD and ADHD and traveling isn’t always easy. It takes us outside of our comfort zone and adjusting to the change is a difficult proposition. We become creatures of routine, so when something changes that, it can create stress.

So returning can be just as difficult. This involves transitioning from the vacation mindset to the work mindset. As many of you know, this is very difficult. Instead of being on a relaxed schedule, we now need to be on a tighter one. I suggest beginning this transition the night before your return to your regular life. Set a list of goals to accomplish by the end of the week. Wake up with a purpose, and that is helping with the transition. Expecting to be at your best can be a recipe for added stress and frustration.

I’d advise setting specific short-term goals to ease your way back into work. Don’t start anything drastic and stay within a comfort zone. This works for me and I find it is a good strategy for my clients.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit and I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on Facebook and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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