It’s the most merry and bright time of the year! However, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who is providing care for an older family member, the approaching holidays may seem more like the most stress-filled time of the year. Carving out time for yourself may have been relegated to the very bottom of your to-do checklist, but the aging care experts at Dakota Home Care would like to challenge you to rethink and reprioritize your self-care in order to kick that caregiver stress to the curb!
Taking care of yourself also allows you to take better care of the senior you love. These five simple strategies can help:
What Are the Best Ways for a Caregiver to Overcome Holiday Stress?
- Eat right
When you’re really stressed out, you may have the tendency to make unhealthy food choices. When you’re exhausted, it’s easy to select whatever is quick and simple: fast food, crackers and tea, cheese doodles and a soft drink. You need healthy food to perform optimally.
- Get regular exercise
Exercise is the original “feel good” tonic. It helps you get a better night’s sleep and wake up invigorated and ready to face another arduous day. Daily exercise boosts both your mental and physical wellness, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
- Get a sufficient amount of sleep
This may be easier said than done, especially if you’re caring for a person who is likely to wander during the night. Still, most people need six to eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Catch up with catnaps if necessary or call Dakota Home Care for overnight caregiver support.
- Take time out for yourself
Regardless of whether you’re caring for a parent, spouse, or other family member or friend, you need time for yourself. You need outside interests, other people, and a way to take a break from the constant pressure of caregiving. It’s easy to let friendships lag when you have important work to do, but friends can support you through some challenging times, simply by being there. Dakota Home Care’s respite care services can help family members get the break they need during the holiday season and all through the year.
- Find a support group
It’s very common to feel isolated in your role as a caregiver. This is why it’s crucial to talk to others, specifically other caregivers. They will understand what you’re going through, they will know where you’re coming from, and they will probably even have some great advice.
Need some extra time to take care of your holiday shopping list? Contact the skilled caregivers at Dakota Home Care. We can provide the attention and care your family member needs while giving you the time you need to accomplish your to-dos and take a little time for yourself.
You can reach us any time at (877) 691-0015 to request a free in-home consultation and to learn more about how our senior care companions in Bismarck, Mandan, and Fargo, ND and the surrounding areas can alleviate caregiver stress while providing a senior you love with the exceptional care they deserve.