How to Avoid Procrastination & Prepare for the Holidays

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do and not enough time to do them. Add in the pressure of holiday parties, gift shopping, and preparing special meals, and it’s no wonder so many caregivers end up feeling overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to reduce stress during the holidays is to avoid procrastination. That means getting started on your projects as soon as possible and setting realistic deadlines. It also means being organized and prioritizing your tasks. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to avoid procrastination and make the most of your holiday season.

Get started early

One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to get started on your projects as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to start decorating your house in October or start your holiday shopping in August (unless you want to, of course). But it does mean that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to start your preparations.

The sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to get things done and the less stressed you’ll be. And if you find that you’re getting overwhelmed, take a break! There’s no rule that says you have to do everything at once. Little by little, each task will get done and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the holidays.

Set realistic deadlines

If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do during the holidays. But trying to do everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Instead, set realistic deadlines for yourself and break down your tasks into manageable chunks. For example, if you’re hosting a holiday party, set a deadline for when all the preparations need to be done. Then create a checklist of everything that needs to be done (e.g., send out invitations, buy food and drinks, decorate the house) and cross each item off as you complete it.

By setting deadlines and breaking down your tasks into smaller parts, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed and will be more likely to stay on track. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your holiday To-Do list!

Prioritize your tasks

With so many things on your plate during the holidays, it’s important to prioritize your tasks so that you don’t get bogged down by low-priority items. Start by making a list of everything that needs to be done (e.g., decorate the house, buy gifts) and then rank each task in order of importance. Once you’ve done that, focus on completing the most important tasks first and save the lower-priority items for later. This will help ensure that you don’t get sidetracked by less important tasks and will help reduce stress during this busy time of year. 

The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they can also be very stressful. If you’re struggling with procrastination or feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, take heart! You’re not alone. By following these tips—getting started early, setting realistic deadlines, Prioritizing your tasks—you can avoid procrastination and make this holiday season joyful instead of stressful!


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5 Ways Caregivers Can Jingle Their Bells This Holiday Season!

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and coming together. But it can also be a time of stress and exhaustion, especially for caregivers. If you’re feeling the holiday blues, here are some ways to care for yourself so you can fully enjoy the season.

1. Get enough sleep. 

When you’re short on rest, everything feels harder. So make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you can’t get a full night’s sleep, try taking a nap during the day or going to bed earlier than usual.

2. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. 

Eating nutritious meals and drinking plenty of fluids will help you have the energy you need to get through the day. Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods that will only make you feel worse.

3. Exercise regularly. 

Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Taking a brisk walk around the block or doing some jumping jacks in your living room can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

4. Take breaks when you need them. 

Caring for someone can be all-consuming, but it’s important to take breaks when you need them. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or watching your favorite TV show, take time for yourself every day to recharge.

5. Reach out to your support system. 

Whether it’s family, friends, or a support group, Lean on your loved ones when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Talking about what’s going on can help you feel better and may give you some much-needed perspective.

This holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself! By getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, taking breaks, and reaching out to your support system, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the holidays and create lasting memories with your loved ones.


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3 Tips On Coping with Holiday Stress

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a joyful time for many, but it can also be a very stressful time. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

The holidays are a joyful time for many, but they can also be very stressful. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to plan ahead. When you know what to expect, you can better prepare yourself and your loved one for the holiday season. Make a list of all the things you need to do and start checking items off as you go. Planning ahead will help you stay organized and on top of things during the busy holiday season.

Take Time for Yourself

It’s important to take some time for yourself during the holidays. Caring for a loved one can be demanding and exhausting. Take some time each day to do something that you enjoy, even if it’s just reading or taking a break from all the holiday preparations. You’ll feel better and be able to better care for your loved one when you take some time out for yourself.

Talk to Other Caregivers

You’re not alone in this! Talk to other caregivers and see how they’re coping with holiday stress. You may find that you have more in common than you realized and that talking to others who understand what you’re going through can be very helpful. There are also online forums and support groups that can be a great resource during this time of year. 

The holidays can be a stressful time, but it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can continue providing care for your loved one. Planning ahead, taking some time for yourself, and talking to other caregivers can help reduce stress and make the holiday season more enjoyable for both you and your loved one.


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5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 2

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Last week we shared 5 tips to get you started with managing your holiday stresses. This week we will be covering 5 additional tips, to assist you with managing your holiday stress this holiday season.

Stick to a routine: 

Maintaining a regular routine will help reduce stress and provide some sense of normalcy during what can be a hectic time of year. 

Make time for exercise: 

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress—try to fit in at least 30 minutes each day, even if it means getting up a little earlier or walking around the block while your loved one takes a nap. 

Eat healthy: 

When you’re busy, it’s easy to let healthy eating habits go by the wayside—but nutritious food will help you stay energized and focused throughout the day. Make sure to eat regular meals and snacks and avoid sugary foods that will give you a quick burst of energy followed by an inevitable crash. 

Seek support: 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek out support from other caregivers or join a support group—sometimes it helps just knowing that you’re not alone in this journey. 

Ask for help: 

Don’t hesitate to ask family and friends for help—whether it’s watching your loved one so you can run some errands or simply lending an ear when you need someone to talk to, there’s no shame in asking for assistance when caring for an aging parent or loved one during the holidays (or any other time of year). 

Caregiving is a daunting task and it can be especially difficult during the holiday season. Remember you are not alone! I hope these 10 tips will help you through this challenging time.


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5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 1

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Here are 5 tips, to get you started on managing your holiday stress

1. Start early: 

One way to reduce stress is to start your holiday preparations early. This will give you more time to take care of tasks and enjoy the season.

2. Delegate: 

Don’t try to do everything yourself—delegate tasks to other family members and friends. This will help lighten your load and allow you to focus on what’s most important.

3. Simplify: 

Don’t feel like you have to go all out this year. Keep things simple and focus on enjoying quality time with your loved ones.

4. Set realistic expectations: 

The holidays don’t have to be perfect—set realistic expectations and make plans that you can realistically execute without feeling overwhelmed. 

5. Take breaks:

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting—make sure to take breaks when you need them and don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. 

The holidays can be difficult for caregivers who are already feeling stressed from their day-to-day responsibilities. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, take some deep breaths and remember that you’re not alone—64 percent of caregivers report increased stress during the holiday season according to Home Instead Senior Care®’s annual study. And use our tips above as a reminder that there are things you can do to proactively manage your stress levels during this festive time of year!


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Some of us chose not to have children, while for others it just didn’t happen. Our work or pets take their place. But, unfortunately, our jobs or cats cannot help us out in case of an emergency or if we become ill.

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1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver.