Dec 21, 2017 by Kristina Butler
Many people think that the holiday season should be carefree and full of joy. While this is certainly a great goal, the reality is that most Americans feel stressed out during the holidays. Financial obligations, gifts, parties, and travel are just some of the many stressors that people face. Yet, according to WebMD, the greatest stressor for most Americans is family...and not just the people. Certainly, there are difficult family members that are typically only seen during the holidays, but there are also family traditions, family dinners, and family parties that can often trigger stress-related issues and decrease holiday enjoyment.
Psychologists recommend that to manage holiday stress, seniors should start by identifying the cause of their stress. After all, not everybody gets stressed about the same things. Once triggers have been identified, it is important that seniors are honest with themselves and their family members about their stress. Not only does holding onto negative thoughts increase stress levels, but family members may be unaware that they are creating a difficult situation. Sharing thoughts and feelings calmly and rationally can help seniors let go of stressful feelings and allow family members to come alongside their loved one is a supportive way.
Research suggests that many stressful holiday situations are tied to alcohol. While a glass or two of wine or champagne is part of many family traditions, others indulge to the point of impairment. Alcohol can also lower inhibitions and increase the chances of violent or argumentative behavior.
Seniors receiving home health support may be stressed about the loss of routines during the holidays. Others may worry that without home health support they will get hurt or be unable to maintain their current level of daily activities. With proper planning and preparation, Comfort Keepers can help seniors work through these issues. For seniors remaining at home during the holidays, Comfort Keepers home health care is still available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
By identifying and addressing stress triggers, limiting alcohol consumption, and maintaining a regular routine, seniors can manage their holiday stress. For those who need some help with this process, Comfort Keepers home health caregivers are there to walk through the process with them.
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