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.


A Powerful Story of Love and Caregiving

Arthur and Angela’s story is a unique one and in this episode, they share it all with us.

Listen in and get inspired by how they have been able to progress on their journey in love and caregiving.

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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. 

The Link Between Health, Stress & Procrastination

By Roz Jones

As you’ve probably experienced, procrastination can have a huge impact on your success in life. It can also have a big impact on your physical and mental health.

Procrastination is linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. When you put off tasks, it leads to stress over having to get things done at the last minute. This can lead to anxiety, fear, and feelings of depression.

This stress can then lead to physical symptoms that can be deadly such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Too much and continual stress is bad for your health as it can lead to insomnia, chronic headaches, stiff muscles, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive, upset stomach, and obesity.

Procrastination leads to irritability, sadness, restlessness, and excitability, as well as a lack of focus or feeling, overwhelmed and anxious.

Our moods, resulting from procrastinating, can lead us to overeat, exercise less often, have social withdrawal, have angry outbursts, and have drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse.

We might end up postponing health checkups that would catch problems early or not taking care of ourselves in a healthy way.

All of these can be prevented by reducing or putting a halt to procrastinating. We’ll look at ways to do this later.


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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

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 caregivers’ 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. 

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!


Are you planning to care for your aging loved one or client and don’t have a spouse or children to assist you with day-to-day tasks? Check out my latest podcast to learn about the steps you can take to get the support you need when the time comes!

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.

So how do we plan for elder care when we don’t have a spouse or children? In this episode, I share the steps one can take to get the support one need when the time comes.

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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. 

The Basics of Part D Medicare

By Roz Jones

You’re a caregiver. You understand the complex world of insurance and health care. But when it comes to Part D Medicare, you may feel like you’re in over your head. Part D Medicare is a prescription drug plan offered by private insurance companies that are approved by Medicare. It is available to people who have Medicare Part A and/or B, which covers hospital and medical insurance, respectively. 

What is Part D?

Part D is a prescription drug coverage plan that is available to Medicare beneficiaries. This plan helps to cover the costs of prescription drugs that are not covered under Original Medicare. Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies and each plan has its own list of covered drugs, called a formulary. 

How Part D Works

Part D plans vary, so it’s important to do your research to find the one that best meets your aging loved one’s needs. Some plans have low monthly premiums but high deductibles, while others have higher premiums but low deductibles. There is also a wide range in the types and costs of drugs covered by each plan. All plans must offer at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. 

Once you enroll your aging loved one in a Part D plan, they will usually pay a monthly premium. They may also have to pay an annual deductible before their coverage begins. After that, they will typically pay coinsurance or copayment for each prescription filled. Some plans charge a late enrollment penalty if you do not sign up for Part D when you first become eligible. 

Part D Medicare can be confusing, but as a caregiver, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how it works. By doing your research and comparing plans, you can find the one that best suits your aging loved one’s needs. And remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local Medicare office for more information.


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

Caregivers Trust Your Instincts!

By Roz Jones

Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding, but also challenging, jobs out there. You are constantly juggling many different tasks and responsibilities, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed.  It is important to remember that you are the expert on your patients and their care and that you should always trust your instincts!

As a caregiver, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. Not only do you have to provide physical care for your patients, but you also have to provide emotional support. It can be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and forget why you became a caregiver in the first place. Remembering why you became a caregiver can help you refocus and approach your job with fresh eyes. 

It is also important to build a support network of family and friends who can offer emotional support when needed. Being a caregiver can be emotionally draining, and it is important to have people in your life who understand what you are going through. These people can offer words of wisdom or just a listening ear when needed. 

Finally, always trust your instincts! You are the expert on your patients and their care. If something doesn’t feel right, or if you have a gut feeling about something, always listen to it. You know your patients better than anyone else, and chances are if something feels off then it probably is. 

Being a caregiver is a challenging but rewarding job. Always remember why you became a caregiver in the first place, build a supportive network of family and friends, and always trust your instincts!


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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

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 caregivers’ 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.