The Stress of the Holidays Is Coming

by Lois Etienne on October 29, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Holidays,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

The holidays create a lot of extra to-dos and stress for many people caring for aging loved ones. Instead of letting that stress ruin a time meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, try these stress-busting tips from professionals at the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging.

Be flexible. The holidays are steeped in personal, family and religious traditions. Ask yourself, ‘What is important to continue and what can we adapt or let go?’”

Take care of yourself. Make a concerted effort to schedule time for exercise and keep healthy snacks handy to help avoid sugary holiday treats.

Communicate your needs. Difficult family dynamics can take center stage during the holidays. Communicating is the best way to help smooth out problems and avert new ones.

Look for comic relief. Nothing lifts the spirit like a good laugh! Gather friends together for a game night or to watch a funny holiday movie.

Plan ahead. Approach your holiday preparations way in advance. Start making a list long before the season arrives of who can do what so that no one bears the brunt of the work.

Make time for your traditions. Don’t let favorite traditions go by the wayside during the busy holiday season. If time or circumstances make them difficult to maintain, adapt them as necessary.

Be resourceful. Don’t be a martyr. If someone wants to help, say “yes” to that casserole or offer to run an errand.

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