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Managing Stress During the Holidays

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Tips for Older Adults to Enjoy a Relaxed Holiday Season

Learn How to Manage Stress and Focus on the Joy

The holiday season can sometimes bring stress along with the joyous celebrations. Here are ten ways for older adults to de-stress and enjoy a more relaxed holiday season:

1. Practice Deep Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

Engage in deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to manage stress. Take slow, deep breaths and focus on the present moment to promote a sense of calm.

2. Set Realistic Expectations

Manage expectations by setting realistic goals for yourself during the holidays. It’s okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly. Prioritize activities and focus on what brings you joy.

3. Create a Calming Environment

Designate a quiet space in your home where you can retreat when you need a break. Surround yourself with calming elements, such as soft lighting, soothing music, or comforting scents.

4. Stay Active

Incorporate gentle physical activity into your routine. Whether it’s a short walk, light stretching, or a low-impact exercise class, staying active can help alleviate stress and improve your mood.

5. Connect with Loved Ones

Spend quality time with friends and family. Social connections are essential for mental well-being, and sharing positive moments with loved ones can be a great stress reliever.

6. Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Find joy in simple activities that bring you happiness. This could be reading a favorite book, listening to music, or spending time in nature. Cultivate a sense of gratitude for the little things.

7. Delegate and Seek Help

Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks or seek help when needed. Whether it’s assistance with holiday preparations or sharing responsibilities, involving others can lighten the load and reduce stress.

8. Mindful Eating

Be mindful of your eating habits during the holidays. Enjoy your favorite treats in moderation, savor each bite, and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Avoid excessive consumption of stimulants like caffeine.

9. Schedule Downtime

Plan moments of downtime in your schedule. Whether it’s a short nap, quiet reading time, or simply sitting and reflecting, taking breaks throughout the day can prevent feelings of overwhelm.

10. Engage in Relaxing Hobbies

Pursue hobbies that bring you relaxation and joy. Whether it’s crafting, gardening, or listening to music, engaging in activities you love can be a great way to de-stress and focus on the positive aspects of the season.

Remember that it’s okay to prioritize your well-being during the holidays. By incorporating these strategies into your routine, you can create a more enjoyable and stress-free holiday experience. If stress persists or becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or healthcare professionals.

If you are looking for caregiving support for yourself or a loved one in the new year, please reach out to the team at McGregor PACE for more information about the PACE program and our services.


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