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Home Care Solutions and Stress Management During the Holiday Season

Dec 22, 2017 by Mark McGoldrick

Following these simple steps can keep the holidays merry and bright for family caregivers and senior loved ones

If your senior loved one finds the holiday season stressful, there are measures you can take to reduce anxiety and frustration during this time for them. There are a wide variety of home care solutions that can help ease some of the stress off of your family.

Professional home care solutions are available in Shelton, CT, with many companies providing services in the area. However, home care solutions alone will not help make the holiday season stress-free for you and your loved one.

We spoke to some professionally trained senior caregivers about what you can do to take some of the anxiety and stress out of the holidays.

Here is what we found:

  • Make sure both you and your loved one are sticking to your routines.

It may be easy to relax during the holidays and skip a few meals, or overeat, or not go out for your daily walk. However, doing so will only throw your biological clock way off balance and contribute to heightened stress levels.

  • Try to not drink alcohol.

We do not say this because we want to say that alcohol is somehow bad or unhealthy if consumed in moderation. No. Alcohol is dangerous during the holidays because it can cause people to act aggressively or irritably, resulting in uncomfortable arguments and conversations. This will inevitably increase stress levels and can be easily avoided.

  • Take some time to focus on all that you are grateful for this holiday season.

A great way to combat stress is to stay in the here and now and find happiness there. It can also help your loved one gain some perspective if they have been down lately as many seniors often are.

  • Spend some time in real, one-on-one conversations with your loved ones.

Speak to the senior loved one and really find out where they are at right now. You may be their only advocate left and it is important for you to know which direction they would like to be going in. Of course, you should speak to as many family and friends as you can this season. After all, that is what the holidays are all about.

  • Exercise and stay as active as you can.

Just like it is easy to overeat during the holidays, it is equally effortless to skip your daily walk or gym routine. You would be better served to stick to your routine. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress levels and that will be a blessing this holiday season. 

 

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