Caregiving can impose physical and emotional stresses on the provider. With the holidays on the horizon, caregivers may find it difficult to maintain a busy schedule while providing care. This can lead to burnout, feelings of depression, or grief. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can relieve caregiver stress this holiday season.
Try one (or all) of the stress-relieving tips below.
Talk It Out
Being a caregiver can be exhausting.
Holidays can remind us of the past or what the lives of loved ones (or our own) used to look like. This can bring about feelings of nostalgia, sadness, and even resentment for people with less stressful lives. These feelings are all natural, but they’re not something you should bottle up inside. Talk to a trusted friend or loved one who can help you process your feelings and face the new day feeling refreshed.
Caregiving might seem like a 24/7 job, but it doesn’t have to be.
When you dedicate your life to caring for someone and lose yourself in the process, stress can result. Now is the time to find a hobby or pursue an interest you love – whether it’s joining a book club, knitting, or participating in a sports league. Following your passions will not only relieve stress, it will also make you a better caregiver.
Take a Break When You Need It
Especially in the holiday season, it can be difficult to slow down and take a break.
Remember, you can’t take care of a loved one to the best of your ability if you’re not taking proper care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep and ask for help when you need it.
If you’re having trouble finding someone to fill in so you can take a break and relax, check your local community resources. The Toledo chapter of the AARP, for example, might have suggestions for resources in northwest Ohio.
The holidays often increase stress, but especially in caregivers. Your job is vital, but so is taking care of yourself. By following these tips, you can relieve your stress and tackle the holiday season with a positive, stress-free attitude.
Don’t let the responsibilities of caregiving overwhelm you. Arista Home Care Solutions provides care for your loved one and respite care for you. Call us today at (419) 754-1897. We are here to help.