The holiday season can bring some of the best times of the year, but for caregivers, it can also be stressful. Here are a few tips for caregivers to make the holiday season more enjoyable:

  1. Determine what’s most important. The holiday season is packed with family traditions and activities. Pare down your schedule so you can slow down and enjoy the season. It’s alright if you don’t bake cookies this year!
  2. Simplify traditions. The holidays are not about how much you do, but who you enjoy them with. Instead of decking out your house from top to bottom, choose a few areas to decorate.
  3. Take 5. The holidays often place more demands on caregivers with additional cooking, traveling, and shopping. Remember to take time for yourself and ask for help from friends and family members.
  4. Have a plan. Delegate responsibilities and be communicative about the changes you’re noticing in your loved one. For example, if you know your loved one is more irritable in the evening, plan a holiday brunch instead of the traditional dinner so family gatherings are more pleasant and relaxed.
  5. Accept imperfection. Changes in family routines and traditions are never easy. You may feel you’re not doing enough. There is no one who can do it all. Accept changes that have been made and forgive yourself when things don’t go the way you planned. Remember, you’re doing the best you can.

If you need additional support to “weather” the holiday season, SourcePoint provides monthly opportunities for caregivers to learn, grow, and gather support from others who are also caring for a loved one. You’re invited to attend one of our caregiver support groups at SourcePoint and various locations around Delaware County

If you’re interested in attending one of our support groups, call Jessica Adams, caregiver program coordinator, at 740-203-2399 or register online.

Additional Resources

Caregiver Survival Resources 
Fairhill Center Caregiver Program 
National Alliance for Caregivers
National Family Caregivers Association