Dec 21, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
The holidays are supposed to be a time for spending quality time with family, eating good food, relaxing, and enjoying life. Sadly, many seniors have their holiday joy lessened by the stress of the season. In fact, surveys suggest that many Americans find their stress levels elevated during the holidays.
According to WebMD, the first step in dealing with holiday stress is identifying the actions or activities that trigger it. Not everybody faces the same stressors, and what may cause one senior great anxiety may not cause another person any grief at all. Some of the most common holiday stress triggers include:
Upset daily routines Family Relationships Finances
Alcohol-related incidents Shopping Time Management
Family Meals Feeling Isolated Unhappy Memories
Once a trigger has been identified, it is important to be honest with oneself, family, and friends. Seniors often feel too embarrassed about their feelings to share them, but keeping negative feelings inside only increases stress. Most people find that sharing their stress triggers gives family members the opportunity to rally around them in support. For example, a senior who has been experiencing great anxiety over their shopping list may find family and friends who would love to help them with this activity. Others get terribly stressed about preparing family meals, but their family was afraid to step in and help for fear of offending them. Opening the lines of communication and sharing stress triggers is a great second step in managing holiday stress.
Many seniors who require senior homecare are worried about their daily routine and care during the holidays. Those who are traveling worry that they will not have the support that Comfort Keepers provides them while they are at home. Others worry about what family and friends will think when they find out that they require senior homecare support to maintain their safety and independence. As with other areas of stress, the key is open communication. Letting family and friends know about these fears is the first step in overcoming them. Once family members understand a senior’s anxiety, proper steps can be taken to accommodate their concerns.
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