This time of year can be stressful for any one of us but especially for caregivers.
Along with holiday traditions including connecting with family, caregivers are already anticipating the inevitable questioning of their caregiving performance. With that, the best defense this time of year is planning and preparation. Along with the all too familiar covid restrictions being followed, don’t be afraid to modify holiday plans and traditions. Perhaps what was popular in the past is just not doable now or needs to simply be fine tuned. Simplify and keep the focus on the meaning of the holiday and what makes it so special. Put your self-care and the care of your loved one first and foremost including eating right, getting plenty of rest, and limiting social time that could be draining and overwhelming for both of you.
Importantly, remember to stay positive! Attitude is everything and a major influencer of our energy and emotions. Don’t be afraid to enforce boundaries with family challenges. You know your unique caregiving situation better than anyone! Make a list of your support network and reach out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, delegate, and even say “no” for the benefit of yourself and your loved one. Most of all, remember to enjoy the holidays and make it a positive, memorable time!