Caregivers – Reduce Stress during the Holiday Season

Holidays can be very stressful in our fast paced society.

As caregiver or part of the sandwich generation (someone who is caring for aging parents or loved ones and also raising their own family), stress during the holidays can seem overwhelming.

Often you can detect signs of high stress in a friend, loved one, or even yourself by noticing one or more of the following: irritability, lack of compassion, no joy in holiday activities, alienation.

Being a caregiver is stressful! Here are some tips to help keep stressors at bay:

 

  1. Try and get to know yourself and where your skills and limitations are. Balancing work and home time is a great way to relieve stress.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help if you are weary or tired. People delight in the ability to assist others.
  3. Spread humor, joy and laughter. All of these have a positive effect on your loved ones as well as your life.
  4. Know your resources, and learn more about your care receiver’s illness or disability.
  5. Exercise regularly, and avoid unhealthy activities.

During this holiday season caregivers can be extra busy but take the time to relax and reflect on the good things in your life. Do things that you are able to do and put aside those things that might negatively affect the way you celebrate the holdiays.

Try not to let social expectations affect your own celebration(s).

Quiet time alone with your loved one, or even by yourself, can be just as celebratory as a festive party with friends and relatives … and requires far less planning and preparation.