The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for seniors. Many seniors may feel overwhelmed by the increased social obligations, financial pressures, and changes in routine that come with the holidays. Additionally, health concerns can add new stressors, including social isolation.
However, there are steps seniors can take to manage stress during the holiday season. Here are a few strategies that may be helpful:
Set Realistic Expectations
It’s important to remember that the holidays don’t have to be perfect. It’s okay to scale back on traditions or activities if they are too overwhelming. It’s also important to be realistic about what you can afford and to not overspend or put yourself in a financially difficult position.
Take Care of Yourself
Make sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you feel better physically and emotionally and can be especially helpful during times of stress.
Reach Out for Support
If you are feeling overwhelmed or isolated, it’s important to reach out to friends, family, or a professional for support. Many seniors may feel more isolated during the holidays due to the health issues like COVID, so it’s important to make an extra effort to connect with others.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
There are many relaxation techniques that can be helpful in managing stress, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation. These techniques can help calm the mind and body and provide a sense of control in times of stress.
Seek Professional Help
If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, it may be helpful to seek the assistance of a mental health professional. A therapist or counselor can provide you with coping strategies and support to help you navigate the holiday season.
Keep a Healthy Routine
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it’s important to try to maintain a healthy routine too. This may include regular exercise, a consistent sleep schedule, eating healthy and setting aside time for self-care activities.
Don’t be afraid to take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to step back and give yourself time to relax and recharge.
Seek Out Joy
It’s important to focus on the things that bring you joy and meaning during the holidays. This may be spending time with loved ones, participating in favorite traditions, or simply taking a walk in nature.
The holiday season can be a challenging time for seniors, but with some planning and self-care, it’s possible to manage stress and enjoy the season. Remember to be kind to yourself and seek out support if you need it.
Happy Holidays from Starhaven Villas!