ADHD Coaching Newsletter
Hey There Carlene
The joy of the holiday season is upon us. Shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, entertaining....oh what fun it is.
Until it isn't.
And you wouldn't dare admit that to anyone. Everyone else goes about the holidays with such ease, smiling all the way.
You connect with friends or in some cases not-really-friends on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. You see photos of others perfectly decorated trees, homemade gingerbread houses, and artfully wrapped gifts.

You can’t escape those images of perfection (even if they’re staged and exaggerated wildly), and you can’t help comparing yourself, your tree with broken ornaments, the unopened gingerbread kit box, and gifts hurriedly smashed into bags covered by wrinkled tissue paper.

You try to hide the chaos behind the façade. You worry that people are going to find out you’re an impostor, so you hide your feelings — keep them pent up. You put up a wall so that no one understands your experience. It becomes very lonely.

Perpetually exhausted, you just can't see how to get out of this holiday rut.

The answer is to take care of "YOU" first!

Yes, put it at the top of your list. Don't do anything until you take care of YOU!

You can free yourself from the shackles of all the responsibilities, nagging, and overwhelm of the season, and come out the other side with a new perspective on the holidays. Learn how in this weeks feature article. 
Until Next Time,

5 Ways To Ease Up On Yourself

It feels like everyone expects you to cooperatively organize everyone without complaining, and look great while you do it. It’s unrealistic for anyone. There’s the part of you that knows it’s unrealistic, and then there’s the part of you that pursues it anyway.

When you feel chronically strung out and stressed, you don’t feel you deserve any time for yourself.

You don’t feel entitled to relaxation or adequate sleep, and you put your own self-care on the back burner.

This saps your resources, makes you more likely to get sick or have an accident, and exacerbates your ADHD symptoms even more. Feeling awful becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Don’t give up hope.

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Carlene Bauwens
Carlene Bauwens helps people with ADD/ADHD who want to find their best way to get organized, use their time wisely, and get things done. As an ADHD Coach and parent, Carlene is on a mission to show families how ADHD is really impacting their family, to break the fail-and-punish cycle, and to embrace each other’s differences. She works with people of all ages who are ready to move past their ADD/ADHD challenges, feel more confident, and experience success. Carlene is a contributing author to the ADHD Awareness Book, Inspirational Ways to Succeed with ADHD. Find out about Carlene’s upcoming programs at

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Carlene Bauwens, ACC
Coach Carlene
Naperville, IL 60563
United States of America