5 ways to stress less during the holiday (and every day).

For many people, the holidays stir up a lot of emotions and triggers. Over commitments, travel, family dynamics and obligation create resentment and stress. For caregivers, add exhaustion, anxiety, and fear to that list.  Imagine a holiday where you can do more than just “get through it”. It is possible and we can do it together. Ready? Let’s give it a whirl.

5 ways to stress less during the holiday (and every day).

 For many people, the holidays stir up a lot of emotions and triggers. Over commitments, travel, family dynamics, and obligation create resentment and stress. For caregivers, add exhaustion, anxiety, and fear to that list. Imagine a holiday where you can do more than “get through it.” It is possible, and we can do it together. Ready? Let’s give it a whirl.

Permission

Give yourself permission to say NO. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.

Say YES to yourself. Give yourself permission to take a break and ask for help.

Self-Care

Self-care is a buzz-worthy topic, but it is for a reason. Rest, nutrition, and exercise will help to balance your own emotional needs. Taking care of your needs first will make you a better caregiver. Set a timer on your phone and start with one step at a time.

Needs

What are the needs of your loved one? Emotional and physical needs have to be met for both of you. Be honest with yourself about those needs so that you can plan holiday visits accordingly.

Simplicity

Keep the holiday simple. After discovering and being honest with yourself about your needs and the needs of your loved one, this will allow you to know what holiday routine will work best for you. It might be easier to host at your house or maybe it is easier to go somewhere else. Only you will know the answer and do not be afraid to speak the truth to your family.

Enjoy and Celebrate

Holidays are meant for celebrating and spending time with those you love. Take the opportunity to enjoy and put old emotions and new stresses on the side. If even for just one day.

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