Helping Caregivers to Avoid the Holiday Blues

Senior woman with bicycle and water bottle.

Here are some tips for supporting the Caregiver over the holidays. The holidays can be stressful and happy time of the year. Over the next two months and it is beneficial to find time for yourself. There is a listing of all the services that you can use to complete.  

  • Explore considering help: Caregivers often feel duty bound to care for a senior loved one on their own. Even when an offer of help is extended, they may refuse it. This holiday season, give yourself permission to ask for and accept help. Whether it is from a friend who volunteers to run errands for you or a church program that assists homebound seniors, say “yes” during the holiday season and beyond.
  • Explore respite care: Take advantage of a local assisted living community’s respite care services and adult day programs near you. During the holidays, these programs will give you freedom to participate in family gatherings or enjoy time with friends. Many health professionals recommend family caregivers make respite care a permanent part of their caregiving plan.
  • Plan a potluck: In pre-caregiving years, parties at your home may have been elaborate affairs with a menu of delicious foods you prepared on your own. Don’t let a shortage of time keep you from hosting a festive gathering at your home. Friends and loved ones will likely be happy to bring a dish or two if it means spending time with you during the holidays.
  • Physical activity: One of the best ways to prevent or beat the blues is with physical activity. Routine exercise, such as walking or riding a stationary bike, can help boost your mood.
  • Quiet the mind: Meditation and yoga are two easy ways to quiet the mind and calm the spirit. Even a quick ten minutes each morning can help you start the day off right.
  • Journaling: Another way to de-stress and cope with caregiving challenges is by journaling. Taking a few minutes at bedtime to get your thoughts, fears and frustrations down on paper can help you heal and move forward. It can also help you sleep better—a challenge for many weary caregivers.

Sunrise Senior Living Blog (2018) Preventing Caregiver Depression during the Holiday 2017.

Source: Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA)