Dec 11, 2017 by Lisa Emmerling
The majority of Americans feel stressed during the holidays. Since the holiday season should focus on quality family time, delicious food, and relaxation, families should make every effort to manage stress during this time of year, especially seniors.
It’s also important to note that the weather can play a big part in making seniors stressed out during the holiday. Everyday aches and pains can become much worse when seniors don’t get their usual activity, when the weather is cold and dry, and when seniors aren’t obtaining enough sleep.
Elder care providers are a great support system for seniors during the holidays. If you’re in search of some ideas on how to keep holiday stress to a minimum so that you can create lifelong memories with the ones you love, follow these recommendations.
In times of stress, think about what you're grateful for in an effort to boost your mood. Maybe you’re glad that you get to travel to a new place with your family for the holidays or maybe you’re thankful that you have a cozy house with amazing food or a sibling that you get to spend quality time with. Seniors who feel alone during the holidays often find that elder care services provide great support around the house, in addition to companionship.
Often times, the holidays throw us off of our regular eating, sleeping, and exercise routines. When this happens, we may experience weakness, which may result in stress and anxiety. By maintaining your regular routine, you can avoid negative feelings and continue to live a healthy lifestyle and stay relaxed despite everything that is going on.
Holding negative thoughts inside can cause your stress levels to skyrocket. Therefore, you should find a family member or close friend who you trust and share your thoughts and feelings with them. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a calm and rational manner can actually help you let go of them.
One of the best ways to manage stress during the holidays is to stay active. Visit your local gym or community center for information on group fitness classes; staying active can boost your levels of endorphins, which are chemicals that promote feelings of joy and happiness. When weather conditions are bad it can make it even more difficult to be motivated to exercise; however, an in home caregiver can assist your senior loved one with stretching and home exercise.
With so much going on during the season, you may find that you don’t have any time for yourself. Taking time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes, can give you the opportunity to breathe and clear your mind. You can listen to your favorite song, get a massage, or participate in a hobby that makes you happy.
Spending can easily get out of control during the holiday season. Buying food and gifts can hinder your bank account and lead to money stress. To prevent this type of stress, review your financial situation and decide on a realistic budget for gifts, food, and other miscellaneous holiday expenses. Sticking to this budget can keep you out of debt.
You as well as your family members can enjoy a happier, less stressful holiday season by maintaining a regular routine, staying active, spending some time alone, sticking to a holiday spending budget, going to a trustworthy loved one for self-expression, and limiting alcohol intake.
Seniors in Memphis, TN who are struggling with holiday stress can get a lot of extra support and help from a home caregiver. If you or your senior loved one could use some support during the stressful holiday season call us today to find out more about elder care services.