The holiday season can be stressful for all of us, but when you're a caregiver the demands can seem overwhelming. It's important to set realistic expectations for your schedule and find acceptable compromises to lessen the strain on your time and resources.
If you usually host Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and that's something you'd like to continue doing, ask guests to bring a dish or help with cleanup. Southern Living has a useful list of ways to organize holiday meal prep .
Shopping early or shopping online are both ways to make crossing off your list less hectic. Stores often offer free or discounted shipping for online purchases or plan to shop before the holiday rush.
Even though your agenda is filling up, remember to make self-care a priority, including exercise. Our diets tend to be overloaded with sweets and carbohydrates during the holiday season, so planning healthy meals is important. It's also a good idea to have a healthy snack before attending a holiday party in an effort to eat less of the treats frequently on hand.
Learning to deflect feelings of guilt is crucial at all times, but these feelings can be heightened during the holidays due to the high demands on a caregiver's time. Be sure to make yourself a priority and let go of the guilt. A solution to this may be Respite Care, which can be utilized for a few hours a day or a few days a week, whatever is needed to help you enjoy time away from your caregiving duties during the holiday season.