Tips for Family Caregivers: How to Manage Holiday Stress

| By Jodi Horton

Let’s face it, the holiday season is a stressful time for most people, without the added responsibility of family caregiving. We hope that you can use some of these tips for managing stress to help you through this busy time so you can still experience the magic and joy of the holidays.

Don’t overbook yourself.

While it’s wonderful to gather with so many friends and family or delicious to bake dozens of sugar cookies, ask yourself if you truly have time for it all. Schedule time for yourself to rest and relax and have some quiet time.

Practice flexibility.

A busy holiday season is the perfect time to find your flexibility. Events and to-do lists may not go perfectly according to plan (probably not at all), and your ability to go with the flow will ease the mental and emotional stress on you.

Accept imperfection. baking

Sometimes your sugar cookie Christmas tree and your gingerbread men end up a little funny looking. Don’t stress. The gifts don’t have to be perfectly wrapped, and you don’t need a magazine cover-worthy meal. Enjoy the time you’re spending with family and friends and worry less about having a “perfect” holiday.

Use your team.

Families often come together during the holidays, and you might have the chance to take advantage of family members who aren’t usually present the rest of the year. Don’t be afraid to ask your visiting brother or your out-of-town aunt to give you a couple hours of respite.

Casa de la Luz Hospice provides hospice care services to Pima County and southern Pinal County. Contact us at (520) 544-9890 for more information about our services or to schedule a no-cost evaluation for your loved one.

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