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How To Manage Stress During The Holiday Season With Respite Care

Dec 22, 2017 by Erin Couchell

Respite care offers family caregivers a helping hand, allowing quality time to be spent with senior loved ones

If you are your loved one's primary caregiver, getting through the holidays may seem like mission impossible. Taking care of your loved one is enough of a responsibility, adding more to your daily routine may simply be too much. The holidays should be a time to relax and spend valuable time with the family. With respite care, you can do just that.

Respite care was created with the idea of creating a support system for family caregivers. Caregivers will be there for you and your family whenever you need during the holidays, so you can kick back, relax and focus on the important things.

Although respite care is an amazing resource, there are a number of things you can do outside of senior home care to help your entire family manage stress during the holiday season.

Let's take a look at a few tips that could really make a difference.

Routine Is Critical

It is easy to get thrown off our schedules during the holidays. Although it is incredibly important for your senior loved one to stick to their regular eating, sleeping, and exercise routines, the same goes for you. By making sure you are staying healthy, you are helping your loved one do so as well.

 

Consider Drinking Less

Drinking, when done in moderation, can be quite an enjoyable experience. Some studies show that very low alcohol intake is actually heart healthy. However, the holidays are already an emotionally charged time and introducing alcohol into such a situation may not be such a good idea. A great way to reduce stress may be to get rid of alcohol altogether.

 

Talk About The Good Things Happening In Your Life

Every person, no matter who they are, no matter what they are going through, has something going for them. This year, take time as a family to talk about everything you are thankful for and all the good you have in your life. It can help your loved one, who may be going through a lot, get some perspective.

 

Have An Open One-on-one With Your Parent

Although you may be spending a lot of time with your loved one on a daily basis, you may not be taking the time to really converse. With a respite care professional around, it may be easier to stop focusing on the day-to-day and chores and really take some time to speak with your loved one. This will help you figure out where they are at right now and also help them understand how much you care about them. 

 

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