6 Tips To Help With Holiday Stress

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When it comes to holiday preparation, stress almost always seems to go hand in hand with the celebrations. The extra financial strain of shopping for gifts, as well as the anxiety of seeing challenging family members, (and everything in between), may make this time of year stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Set yourself up for success with these 6 tips to help you get organized, plan ahead, and remember that the holidays are all about the people you spend them with.

Plan Ahead and Make a To-Do List 

Last-minute arrangements, changes in travel, and a never-ending to-do list may be stressful for anybody. Plan for the holidays as early as possible. Decide who you will be visiting or entertaining. Make sure everyone has their travel plan and arrangements.  Do you have any holiday-related questions? Confirm plans with family or friends, and be sure to know how and when you will be traveling, as this time of year creates notorious chaos for travelers.

After that, go to work on your to-do list! If you’re entertaining this year, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of duties in your thoughts. Make a list of them. You may then prioritize as needed. Experts advise beginning with the most difficult items on your to-do list and celebrating success as you cross items off your list. This will also assist to avoid the last-minute confusion that comes with procrastination and forgetfulness.

Stick to a Routine

Even while entertaining friends or visiting relatives, your routine is important. Discuss with your family the importance of keeping a routine for meals, rest, and anything else that is important to you. This can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and make your time together more pleasurable.

Be present 

There truly is no finer gift you can offer than your presence. Make this the best Holiday Season ever for seniors by devoting uninterrupted, high-quality time to a cup of tea and some conversation. Ask your older loved one to share memories from holidays past.  You may use this time to make a simple Christmas project together, such as stringing cranberries and popcorn, if you choose, but don’t allow an activity to take precedence over the goal of simply being together.

Create Lasting Memories

Do you have any holiday traditions in your family? While you may always start new ones, make it a point to keep time-honored traditions alive. According to a Drexel University research, art relieves stress. As part of your Christmas celebration this year, make decorations or crafts together.

Music can also help you relax. Consider playing soft jazz at your holiday events or simply gathering your family for an impromptu dance session while you’re prepping. And, if your family enjoys caroling, consider engaging in the festivities this year by entertaining your neighbors. For those who enjoy singing but may have stage fright, you can keep the caroling limited to your home with close friends and family. 

Celebrate Those you have Lost 

After losing a friend or loved one, the holidays may be difficult. Remember that it’s okay to be sad over the holidays. Look for ways to recognize those who are unable to join you. You may carry on a beloved custom, exchange stories, and memories, or share old pictures.   Whatever you do, embrace and share your feelings with others around you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Thrive USA’s home health team is always accessible to assist with a wide range of senior care needs, freeing up family caregivers throughout the holiday season and throughout the year to maintain a better life balance.

Contact us at (301) 882-4717 at any time for a free in-home evaluation to determine how we can make your holiday older family members more meaningful by serving as your loved one’s professional care partner. And from our family to yours, we wish you a joyous Holiday season and the very best in the next year!

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