Caregiver Stress Management Tips for the Holiday Season
The holiday season is thought of as a time of great joy and celebration, but it can also cause additional stress and even depression for already overworked and overwhelmed caregivers. At Parc Provence, we recognize the special needs of caregivers at this vulnerable time, and have compiled this list of helpful tips to try to help manage one’s stress while caring for others.
- Take care of yourself.
It is hard to be a good caregiver when you don’t care for yourself first. Stay healthy by exercising and eating well whenever possible. Practice proper hand washing techniques to avoid getting or spreading germs, and get outside in the sunlight to allow vitamin to naturally boost your mood.
- Keep it simple.
Don’t feel pressured to do anything and everything available. The holidays aren’t about the decorations, the food, or gifts. The best memories will come from simply spending time with people you love.
- Avoid triggers and know your best stress relievers.
If politics and religion are difficult subjects of conversation when your family gathers, don’t bring them up. Have a plan ready to diffuse tense situations, such as quick subject changes or even an exit strategy when absolutely necessary.
- Find help if you need it.
Everyone needs help at some point, so don’t be afraid to ask. Ask for help from friends, family, church or synagogue members. This may also be a time to splurge on paid services such as house cleaning or meals services to give yourself a break.
- Seek out support.
You are not alone. Professional services in the form of a counselor or therapist can be immensely helpful. There are also a number of online resources that may be helpful. Click here for more information.