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How to Deal with Holiday Stress as a Caregiver


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Enjoy the Season with Help from the Home Instead Care Team

Enjoy the Season with Help from the Home Instead Care Team

As the year winds down, arguably, the best part is yet to come. Yes, it is the holiday season, a time of good cheer, egg nog, gifts, decorations, and lots of family time. It is also a time of stress, especially for caregivers whose schedules are already full to the brim. The good news is you no longer have to fall prey to the additional stress this season often brings. Instead, you can take charge and learn to deal with the frustrations and fatigue that come while still enjoying your family and friends.

Empower yourself to handle the upcoming holiday season with grace and grit by taking the necessary steps. Don’t hesitate to call in for reinforcements. A trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care can assist you in your caregiving duties. Our caring staff is ready to provide the help you need for your senior, including cooking, companion care, light household duties, and transportation. Let us help make this holiday season a less stressful one.

3 Tips to Reduce Caregiver Stress and Enjoy the Holidays Again

The New Year is almost here. So, why not start off on the right foot by easing the stress that the holidays bring? Whether Mom is living life at home on her terms or residing in your home, it is possible to make many more memories while reducing your stress load. Here are a few tips to get you started: 

  • Decide what can stay and what needs to go: The holidays are a time of good cheer and being with family. Many times we set ourselves up for heartache because we have made the season burdensome. Take a moment to sit down and write out all the traditions, meals, and other items that you do for the holidays. Now, decide which ones should stay and which ones can be put on the back burner. For instance, if you are responsible for making a huge meal on Christmas day, consider making it a potluck dinner or scaling back the amount of food you have to cook.
  • Think about starting new traditions: If Dad has a hard time getting around but always loved going to the symphony in December, find a holiday concert on television. Then the whole family can enjoy it while being comfortable at home. You might decide to have a night of family favourite old movies. Maybe you have brunch instead of a huge meal. Mom will most likely be at her peak, and everyone can have the rest of the day to relax.
  • Anticipate minor incidents of family conflict: If you are the primary caregiver of your senior, you may get frustrated when your sister shows up for the holiday meal but leaves you hanging the rest of the year. If you know it will happen, why not decide now how to handle yourself and your emotions best? This festive season is not the ideal time to bring up your frustrations. Stay calm and you’ll find that once the holidays are over and everyone is back to work, these minor issues may not even cross your mind anymore.

Embrace the Holidays with the Help of a Home Instead Senior Caregiver

You have the power to lessen the additional stress the holidays bring. The staff at Home Instead Senior Care Waterloo knows that it can be tough during this time, and we are happy to step in and help. We have a variety of home care services and resources to make this holiday and each one afterward, better than the last!

Call us at (519) 571-1665 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, St Jacobs, and surrounding areas.

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