The holidays can be a joyous yet particularly stressful time. This is especially true for those who care for elderly loved ones. Here are a few tips from FootPrints Homecare to help caregivers reduce stress this holiday season.
- Get perspective: It’s important to take a step back and look at what’s really important this holiday. It is easy to get caught up in all of the activities going on. Spending time with family in a relaxed setting and reminiscing is a great way to spend the holidays with an elderly family member.
- Don’t take on too much: Don’t overload yourself with too many tasks. If there is one specific holiday tradition your loved one enjoys, partake in that tradition while letting go of others. Although the holidays only come once a year, it’s crucial to enjoy them and not overwhelm yourself.
- Practice Self-Care: During the holidays, it’s as important as ever to remember to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care will help you stay healthy and avoid burnout. Exercise is a great example of self-care. Find a little time to do something for yourself that brings you joy each day.
- Ask for help: If you experience stress that seems too unmanageable, it’s okay to ask for help. If you are a family caregiver and need some time to rest and recharge, FootPrints offers respite care when you need temporary at-home care for a loved one.
The demands of the holidays can add to the already long list of tasks when caring for an aging loved one. When the care requirements become too much, FootPrints Home Care in New Mexico is here to help with in-home care and even assisted living options through our sister company, BeeHive Homes. Our team is here to support you and your loved ones this holiday season.