Caregiver stress is inevitable, and it is often even more pressing during the holiday season. Not only are you having to handle the needs of your aging parents, your children, your marriage, your career, and your home, but you are also adding on all of the tasks of the holidays. This probably includes extra cooking, shopping for gifts, dealing with crowds, planning on attending parties and gatherings, and making sure that you have the time for all of the meaningful traditions that make this time of year so special. This can lead to a tremendous amount of stress that can put your mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being at risk. Going into the season with stress management and reduction tactics ready help you to protect your health and enjoy a more meaningful and memorable holiday.
Try these top tips for reducing caregiver stress during the holiday season:
- Make sure that your priorities are in order. There are some things that you may have done in previous years that you will not be able to do this year. do the things that are most meaningful and important to you and to your family, and be willing to respectfully and politely say no to others.
- Give yourself permission to relax and to simplify your lifestyle. Often it is the guilt that you put on yourself that causes the most stress. When you tell yourself that it is all right to say no, to not go to all of the parties, or to simply take some time to relax and enjoy yourself, you are less likely to suffer from serious stress.
- Ask for help and be willing to accept it when it is offered to you. This may mean allowing another member of your family to host the holiday celebrations, turning the traditional Feast into a potluck, organizing carpools for events, or having a friend, family member, or respite home care provider take on some of the tasks of caring for your parent while you manage other holiday obligations.
- Schedule in time for yourself. Write it on your daily a list of tasks that you must complete and see to it just as you would any other item on your list. This can mean enjoying a hot bubble bath at the end of the day, taking some time to sit down with your favorite hot seasonal beverage and read a book, watching a particular television show, or just taking a walk.
- Utilize aromatherapy to boost your energy, relax your mind, and improve your mood. Studies have shown that the scent of citrus creates a feeling of well-being and energy, while peppermint is stimulating, and vanilla is comforting.
- Remind yourself of the true meaning of the season and what is valuable to you. Think about the end of the season and what you want to remember and the feelings that you will have wanted to have experienced during this time. Focus on the quality time that you can spend with those you love, creating memories that you will be able to treasure into the future, and those things that are truly important and meaningful rather than the ones that may seem important at the time but will quickly be forgotten.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them. A home care services provider can be with your parent on a fully customized schedule that ensures that they have access to the care, support, assistance, and companionship that they need to maintain the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. This care provider will create a highly personalized set of services tailored specifically to your senior's individual challenges, limitations, and needs. These services will meet these needs in ways that are right for your parent, while also encouraging a lifestyle that is as independent, engaged, and fulfilling as possible. As a family caregiver, this will give you confidence that your loved one is living the quality of life that they desire and deserve, and that they are getting everything that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. This eases your stress and allows you to focus your time, energy, and effort on all aspects of your life in the most effective way.
If you or an aging loved one is considering homecare in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.