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Enjoy Stress-Free Holidays as a Family Caregiver

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on

Although the holidays can be a time of joy for families, they can also be stressful for caregivers who may struggle with accomplishing everything on their to-do list. As a family caregiver, you already know the importance of asking for help and taking a break now and then; yet, there are a few simple things you can do yourself to limit holiday stress. The following innovative relaxation tips from Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley, PA can be used any time you need some extra stress relief so that you can find true happiness throughout the holiday season.

Turn Up the Tunes

Music has a tremendous ability to lift a bad mood and set the atmosphere for fun. Take a look at the times of the day when you feel the most stressed and create a playlist. Whether you choose to fill your playlist with holiday songs or your favorite artists, everything from your daily commute to cleaning the house will take on a new level of enjoyment.

Plan for Playtime

This time of year, it is too easy to get caught up in thinking about the myriad of tasks that must be accomplished. This can be especially true when you are providing long-term care to an aging or ill loved one. Be sure to clear some time off your busy schedule to spend a few minutes engaged in play. Ask your loved one to help you try out the kids new video games before they are wrapped. Alternatively, you can craft a few ornaments for the tree. Just make sure the activity you choose is selected for no other reason but pure fun.

Take Home Takeout

Cooking lands high on the list of stressful activities for caregivers who help their loved one with meal preparation, and who are also in charge of planning large holiday meals for the entire family. On the days when your culinary skills are not required, give yourself a break and bring home a meal from your favorite restaurant. This way, you can enjoy the moment and appreciate the loved ones around your table.

Of course, don’t forget to take advantages of all the help available to you. Ask friends and family to pitch in where they can.  A helping hand with meal preparation, grocery shopping or even someone to pick up your loved one’s prescriptions from the pharmacy can help lighten the load. You can also turn to professional in-home caregivers. Whether you request care from a Lehigh Valley part-time care provider for help a few hours a day or live-in care for an overnight or weekend break, time away from your care responsibilities can help you return to them relaxed and rejuvenated.

Get help from the highly trained and compassionate caregivers from Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley and enjoy the holiday season with friends and loved ones as a family member, not a caregiver. For more information or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 484-350-3874 today.