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Stopping Stress for Caregivers During the Holidays

By Brandi Goodman 

National Family Caregivers Month in November encourages everyone to recognize the efforts of all family caregivers. Caregivers care around the clock. They're always on the job, even when it's the holidays. Holiday stress can make the job duties even more difficult to handle. Stopping stress needs to be the goal so those responsible for another person's health can take care of their own health first.

Keep Up Holiday Spirits

It can be easy to feel stressed when you're busy tending to another person's needs and also trying to celebrate the holidays. Keep up the holiday spirits for both of you by decorating inside the home. The person you care for may not be able to get out and enjoy Christmas lights outside like you can. They might feel down because of it. Decorating indoors and allowing them to experience the joy of the holidays can help you to feel joyful and less stressed as well. 

Take Time Off

You may be the primary caregiver for your loved one, but you aren't the only option. You can still take time off when you need it by hiring another caregiver for a day. There are even respite programs available in many areas where you can bring your family member for a while. It allows them to socialize with others while you can take the time you need to either get certain holiday tasks accomplished or even just have some time alone to unwind. 

Plan Healthy Meals

Make sure you're planning healthy meals for both you and your loved one. You both need to eat healthy foods if you want good health for each of you. The right foods can even help you to de-stress. Stay away from sugary foods and junk food and instead consume more whole grains, oranges, spinach, fish, pistachios, avocados, and almonds. These options are great stress reducers.

Make a Holiday Budget

Expenses are higher during the holidays. Whether you need to plan a large meal for family, purchase gifts, get a tree, or even travel, these things should all be added to your holiday budget. Having a plan set ahead of time will help you stay on track so you're not overspending. This can limit some of the stress you'd otherwise feel.

Caregivers handle an array of duties that can quickly lead to stress. With the stress of the holidays on their shoulders as well, it can be even more difficult to find ways to cope. Try these methods if you're a caregiver so you can maintain your own well-being in order to help your loved one too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Henderson, Nev.

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