The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but in reality it is a stressful time for a lot of people. This is especially true for seniors, because it can accompany grief, as well as depression. Travel plans, party planning, shopping, and entertaining guests are just some of the stressful things seniors may deal with. While on the other hand, some can not be with their families during the happy season. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind, and exercise in order to reduce the stress of the holidays.
A Solid Schedule
The holidays can get very hectic. Traveling to see your loved ones is one of those hectic times. It is important to set a schedule and stick to it. Work around your current day to day schedule. This includes taking your medications on time, and eating and sleeping as close to your normal times as you can. It can be a lot to travel, and then try to stay up late with family members. But it is important to take care of yourself too, and get the rest you need.
If you can not travel during the holidays, it is okay. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting for anyone, especially as we get older. If you do decide to travel, then make sure you get enough time for rest. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to make it somewhere if you are not capable.
Watch Your Wallet
A lot of seniors live on a fixed income, so if you do, then you are not alone. Because of this, it can be really stressful to buy gifts, food, pay your bills, and pay for travel expenses. Plan ahead and stick to a realistic budget.
What else can we expect during the holidays other than good eating, and lots of sugar? As much as you want to indulge in all the delicious and savory sweets, you must be mindful. For seniors, it is especially important to watch what we eat. Try not to eat too many sweets, and stick to nutritious foods such as fruits, proteins, and vegetables. Eating these foods will help your body fight against diseases like the flu. It is important to stay hydrated, and drink plenty of water.
If you are overwhelmed, depressed, or just need help getting around, then speak up. The holidays are a super stressful time, and can bring on depression, especially if you lost a loved one. People do not want to let their family down, or have them worry, so a lot of times they will keep our feelings of stress and overwhelm to themselves. Speak up and notify your family so they are aware and can accomodate you and your needs. Families love and support each other, so do not feel like you have to please everyone. If you can not make it to something, or plan to have family over your house, ask a family member for help. Take some of the stress off yourself. Make sure you are healthy and your energy is up. Your family will help, but only if they are aware.
Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do during the holidays, because if you do not, then you will not be around for it. Your family members are there to help when you need them to be, but this can only happen if you talk about it. Tell them what kind of schedule you need to follow, your limitations, and the help you may need. In order to reduce the stress of the holidays, plan wisely with your expenses, and time. It is okay to indulge during the holidays, but be mindful of your health. If you plan to travel, stick to your schedule and rest. Do things in moderation if you need to. The holidays are about being happy, feeling loved, and enjoying your family. The only way to do this is to be prepared, and minimize stress as much as possible.