Being a caregiver can be stressful anyway on a daily basis but the holidays seem to add an extra layer of anxiety, moodiness, and other bad behaviors. Maybe the pressure of having to do extra cooking/baking, shopping, and cleaning on top of the norm is what makes caregiver stress seem overwhelming during this time of year.
You feel like your day never ends as it is and before you get a chance to relax, you are starting the routine all over again. Get up, get showered and dressed, and head over to your elderly loved one’s home before work. Get him or her situated and then go to work.
Maybe you have kids and a job on top of being the family caregiver for an aging parent. Add to your normal routine the responsibilities that go along with the holiday season and it’s easy for caregiver stress to become a real concern.
The following 5 tips can help you overcome caregiver stress during the holidays.
- Be able to recognize the signs of burnout.
Many caregivers are in the mindset of do, do, do for others and give, give, give some more to the point that the stress they feel just keeps building and building. Keeping in line with this mentality is going to eventually cause physical and mental exhaustion. When you become so worn out, you won’t be giving your best to your loved one and sadly you won’t even care.
Being able to recognize the signs that caregiver stress is taking over will allow you to take the steps you need to in order to counteract the effects of stress. Constant fatigue, inability to focus or think clearly, moodiness, and even feeling like what you are doing isn’t making a difference are a few signs that caregiver stress needs to be addressed.
- Make self-care a top priority.
Being even busier during the holidays can cause you to feel like you don’t have time for yourself. However, it should be a top priority to continue to eat healthy, exercise, and do things that you enjoy.
- Don’t think twice about asking for help.
This may actually be the best time of the year to ask others for help. People seem to be a bit more generous in the giving of their time. Regardless of whether it is a holiday season or not, there is nothing to feel guilty about if you need help fulfilling all of your responsibilities.
If caregiver stress is getting to you during the holidays or at any other time of the year, contact a local home care agency and hire some experienced help.
Interim HealthCare is a nationwide company that is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us today to find a location near you. 800-944-8888
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