7 Ways to beat caregiver stress during the holidays

7 Ways to beat caregiver stress during the holidays

Just as the holiday season is approaching, a caregiver’s stress level starts to increase. Although, the holidays are a wonderful opportunity to be with your family, managing your caregiving obligations can add to your stress. At the same time, you need to make sure that you are well prepared for a fantastic holiday season with the family.

It is imperative that caregivers take a deep breath and relax. If they allow too much stress on themselves, it can lead to major health problems. After all, if they are not well, they won’t be able to take care of others.

Plan in advance

Before you know it, the holiday season will be here. Rather than rushing and hurrying at the last moment, start your planning at your earliest. Make a to-do list and start working on it. Be it arranging for the doctor’s appointment or shopping for the ingredients of the family meals, get started as soon as you can.

Give yourself less to do

If the decorations aren’t up or you haven’t sent out the holiday cards, remind yourself that the holidays are about spending time and being with your loved ones. The true feeling of celebrating the holidays is not about fancy multi-course meals, but being around your close family over a simple meal.

Don’t feel bad for your senior’s mood

It might be that your senior doesn’t understand or appreciate your efforts. Don’t feel guilty if your seniors are not happy that you have done little in celebration for the holidays.

Arrange for some caregiving help for yourself

You also need to take a break for yourself. Try to arrange for some extra help so that it will be easier for yourself to prepare for the holidays. Make arrangements before the holidays for a caregiver and work your schedule around it.

Get your family members involved and try to distribute your caregiving responsibilities so you can get a few extra hours.

Stay positive

The effort you are putting in, taking care of your loved ones, is helping you build a stronger bond with each other. Know that your efforts are making a difference and that you matter to others. It has been found in a research that according to many caregivers, their perspective of life has changed and they are now more appreciative of their life.

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