Here’s How to Make Caregiving During the Holidays Easier
Taking care of an aging family member or loved one can add extra stress on top of a holiday demands. “Traveling, visiting family and friends, decorating, indulging in traditions — it truly is the season for spending time with loved ones and making memories. But for family caregivers, that may not always be the case. “
When a loved one’s health is declining, the holidays can take a major toll on you as a family caregiver. If caregivers are not careful, caregiving demands can quickly overshadow holiday cheer.
Here are five ways family caregivers can help manage holiday stress, and focus on having more meaningful time with their loved ones:
1. Ask for and accept help
2. Simplify your schedule
3. Set boundaries
4. Practice self-care (naps, breathing exercises, working out, practicing mindfulness and gratitude, going out for a walk or coffee, reading a book or watching a movie)
5. Actually enjoy the time together
Try not to get wrapped up in the stress and worry that comes with caring for a loved one during the holidays. “As a result, you may end up missing out on the most important aspects and moments of the holiday — like enjoying time with your aging loved one.”
Whether you’re caring for a spouse who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s or a parent whose health has declined, it’s important to make the most out of the holidays with them. “Embrace old family traditions or create new ones, make his or her favorite foods and make space to just spend time together. Most of all, take a moment or two each day to just be with your loved one — as a person, not just a “dependent care recipient” experts says. And don’t forget to take lots of pictures because they will be precious to you someday!
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