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Post-Holiday Blues and Caregiver Stress: How to Cope

Caregiver Stress in Katy, TX

Caregiver-Stress-in-Katy-TXNow that the holidays have basically come to an end (even though there may be a few parties or family gatherings to attend still), you may have a number of mixed emotions. If you are a caregiver for your aging father or mother or some other loved one, you likely have been dealing with stress throughout the year.

Maybe during the holidays things weren’t as enjoyable as they could have been. You may have been focused more on ensuring their safety and that they had an opportunity to spend as much time with their loved ones as possible and essentially neglected your own enjoyment of this time of the year.

The anticipation of the holidays can build for many months. However, once they are over there is often a lull or downward emotional swing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re caring for a loved one or not; these post-holiday blues are real.

How to cope with those holiday blues.

The best way to confront an emotional downswing, especially when you’re a family caregiver, is to stay active. You should be getting exercise every single day. You should be eating healthy and spending time with friends during the week.

Many people who care for an aging loved one report that they don’t have time to do these things any longer. After they’ve worked their full-time job, visited with their loved one to help them get ready for bed, and returned home, it’s just about time to get into bed.

They often wake up earlier and earlier in the morning to try and get everything done, but still find no time for things they would enjoy.

This year, it’s a good idea to set aside some time every single day for yourself. There may be hobbies or activities you want to pursue. There may be a book you want to read. You may enjoy a television program and haven’t had an opportunity to catch up on past episodes.

Whatever the case may be, if you honestly don’t have time to devote to yourself, you’re going to feel an increase in the caregiver stress in your life. That’s going to increase the risk of depression and other depressive symptoms. This can be amplified following the holiday season. This is why it is even more important to make some resolutions to care for yourself as well as that senior in your life.

If you don’t feel you have time to do that, consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide to supplement the care your loved one requires.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Katy, TX, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston at (832) 803-0011.

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Mark Haselden

Hayley Sheeks and her father, Mark Haselden live passionately, for providing quality homecare services to individuals in their homes. They both decided to open Synergy HomeCare of Katy after both Mark sold his most recent business and Hayley graduated with her nursing degree, both knowing the growing need for individuals to age in place as the baby boomer population reaches retirement age. Synergy HomeCare’s mission statement speaks to those core values that both inspire and encompass Hayley and Mark’s vision as Non-Medical HomeCare providers.
"Our mission is to continue to be the premier provider of home care services within the industry by continuallystriving to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence attainable.Our success starts bytreating each of our clients and caregivers with the dignity and respect they deserve."

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