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Caregiving and the Holiday Season

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Caregiving and the Holiday Season [1]If you are caring for an aging parent, a spouse, other family, or even a non-family member, during the Holiday Season you may be feeling some stress from a desire to keep long-standing family traditions alive and well. You and your care receiver may be feeling similar stress! How can you cope and also enjoy the holidays?

Dealing with your own expectations and those of your other family members can be tiring and stressful even without the added complexity of holiday traditions and gatherings. In this article, we will look at some ideas for managing holiday expectations [2] and some ideas for taking care of yourself during this stressful time of year.

Some things to consider as you think about holiday plans:

Here are some ideas for things to do during a holiday visit/gathering:

Gift ideas can be another source of holiday stress. Here are a few suggestions:

Taking care of yourself as a caregiver is extremely important during the holiday season. Here are a few stress management reminders.

Value and appreciate the time you have together as a family during the holiday season. Recognize that things change over time – what worked last year might not be a good idea this year. And above all – remember to take care of yourself!

Written by Zanda Hilger, LPC


We hope this information is helpful to you in the important work you do as a family caregiver.
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