Dec 12, 2017 by Comfort Keepers
It’s the time of year when families often gather to celebrate the holiday season; a time typically filled with travel, hearty meals and parties can pose stress on senior adults who struggle with health or mobility issues. Comfort Keepers of Fort Myers, FL is proud to offer 24 hour home care services for seniors who require around-the-clock assistance who hope to reduce stress associated with the change in routine during the holiday season.
Spending can easily get out of control during the holiday season. Buying food and gifts can hinder your bank account and lead to financial stress. To prevent this type of strain, review your financial situation and decide on a realistic budget for gifts, food, and other miscellaneous holiday expenses. Sticking to this budget can keep you out of debt.
Often times, the holidays throw us off of our regular eating, sleeping, and exercise routines. When this happens, we may experience weakness, which may result in stress and anxiety. By maintaining your regular routine, you can avoid negative feelings and continue to live a healthy lifestyle and stay relaxed despite everything that is going on.
Although it’s okay to have a glass of wine during a holiday gathering, over drinking can lower your inhibitions and cause you to engage in aggressive or argumentative behavior. If you are hosting a gathering at your home, make sure you limit the amount of alcohol you provide to friends and family. This way, you can prevent family arguments that are caused by excessive drinking.
When the going gets tough, you should think about what you are grateful for in order boost your mood. Maybe you’re glad that you get to travel to a new place with your family for the holidays or maybe you’re thankful that you have a cozy house with amazing food or a sibling that you get to spend quality time with.
Holding negative thoughts inside can cause your stress levels to skyrocket. Therefore, you should find a family member or close friend who you trust and share your thoughts and feelings with them. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a calm and rational manner can actually help alleviate stress.
One of the best ways to manage stress during the holidays is to stay active. Whether you take a daily walk around the neighborhood, participate in a yoga class at the local gym or community center or go for a swim, staying active can boost your levels of endorphins, which are chemicals that promote feelings of joy and happiness. Seniors who have trouble being active because of the cooler temperatures can benefit from 24 hour home care. A caregiver can help seniors who have chronic pain do simple household tasks as well as get the activity they need to stay healthy.
With so much going on during the season, you may find that you don’t have any time for yourself. Taking time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes, can give you the opportunity to breathe and clear your mind. You can listen to your favorite song, get a massage, or participate in a hobby that makes you happy.
If you have a senior loved one in Fort Myers, FL that has dementia or has physical challenges that worsen due to holiday stress, contact us today to find out more about 24 hour home care. Comfort Keepers Home Care can help your loved one stay happy and healthy at home during the holidays and all year long.