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This year CaregivingWithPurpose.com is joining Caregiving.com’s Annual Holiday Progressive Blog Party. It’s a fun way to reduce caregiver stress.
If you’re new here, this site is to nurture and support caregivers. I’m Ina Gilmore, and have been both a family caregiver and a physician. I learned about multigenerational caregiving as a child. As the oldest I helped with younger siblings. One of my grandmothers lived with us for a while when I was a child.
Caregiving With Purpose is designed to help you navigate caregiving. Whether you are just getting started, have been caregiving a long time, or are moving on to the next phase you’ll find inspiration, tips and information here.
Be sure to visit Caregiving.com this week. Denise has prizes and more fun! What a great idea to have fun and reduce caregiver stress at the holidays through blogging!
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, the holidays are often a time of increased stress. And caregivers often find themselves at increased stress during this time. Added to the holiday stress is the stress of your support system often wanting and needing time off. Whether it’s your doctor’s office or your home help, it can add to your stress.
How can you reduce holiday caregiver stress?
- Planning ahead of time for a backup plan can help. Do you have someone you can call to help? How about two or more folks just in case one is not available?
- Have you considered reducing your caregiver stress through delegating holiday tasks to someone else? Maybe it’s time another family member takes over for you. At least for this year.
- Watching a favorite holiday movie on DVD or TV can also give you a needed respite. How about playing recordings of your and your loved one’s favorite Christmas carols?
- Even if you don’t feel like decorating the whole house, how about a little Christmas decorating? Maybe a table top tree? A little Christmas decorating in an invalid’s room can make a world of difference.
- Remember to laugh and enjoy the season!
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To your healthy and happy caregiving,