As family member and loved ones age, keeping the holidays fun and stress free requires some planning. By mapping out some ideas and activities, you can save a lot of unwanted drama! Here are some tips to help you this holiday.
Avoid The Crowd -While enjoying the holiday decorations and activities can be fun, if you’re rushed and have safety concerns, the crowds should be avoided. The holiday season is a great time to try online shopping. Sites like Amazon and Overstock.com can allow you to find real bargains from the comfort of your favorite chair! There are 1000’s of sites with countless gift ideas, so enjoy your search and shop at your leisure.
Take A Break – If you’re a caregiver, consider finding a substitute for a few days, so you can complete your holiday tasks and de-stress too. Once you’ve created some time for yourself, you can provide a more calm and centered presence that everyone will enjoy.
Low Stress Activities – In all the excitement of the holidays, we can forget the many low stress and sometimes low cost activities that are out there. Here are a few ideas that anyone can enjoy;
Holiday movie night – From “Holiday Inn” to “Christmas In Connecticut” there are dozens of classic holiday films that everyone can enjoy. Grab some snacks or order take out and invite people over for a themed movie night.
See the lights – With hot chocolate in hand, gather a group to drive or walk the neighborhood and enjoy the decorations.
Plays & concerts – Local churches, schools and organizations hold a multitude of activities at this time of year. Also, the senior center in your area may coordinate caroling, cooking or gift-wrapping events that will get your loved one out of the house and engaged in the community.
Cooking – Preparing a holiday feast for the entire family can become more of a challenge if your aging relatives have dietary restrictions. With a little pre-planning and online research you can modify unwanted ingredients in your favorite signature dishes or family recipes.
By reminding ourselves and loved ones that the spirit of the holidays is about love, caring and sharing, we’ll be better equipped to deal with