The holiday season is about having fun and being thankful and happy. However, the time may also cause a bit of stress, especially with hectic event schedules, busy holiday shopping, gift preparations and more. Luckily, there are ways to help avoid or sooth these stressful moments to keep you feeling your best.
There’s nothing more important during the holidays than socializing with those you care about the most. If you can, spend time with your family, friends and loved ones and actively stay involved in activities. If you’re not able to be with family and close friends, invite others to visit you or visit local organizations, such as churches or your closest COA Senior Center to spend time with others. We understand that many of our Volusia Seniors can be alone during the holidays. Visit us and we’ll celebrate the holidays with you.
Don’t skip your normal routines
While you’re riding the holiday wave gathering with friends and loved ones or preparing for the holidays and purchasing gifts, you may forget your regular routines, such as your exercises or taking your medications. Routines that are vital to your health should never be pushed aside. Stay consistent with your routine care as much as you can. If you need assistance doing so, contact us and we can help.
Eat a healthy plate and watch what you drink
It’s easy to forget a healthy diet during the holidays. Most of us want to eat everything on the dinner table or steal some of Santa’s cookies. It’s okay to indulge in the tasty dishes but with caution. Pay attention to the portions you’re eating and what you’re eating. Ask yourself, “Do you digest it well? Will it cause stomach pain later? Are there enough vegetables on my plate?” In addition, remember to manage your alcohol intake since certain medications do not mix well with alcoholic drinks and may have adverse side effects.
It is common for seniors to feel down during the holidays. This could be because of health and physical constraints or the fear of it being the last. If your health stops you from participating in certain parts of the holiday festivities, discuss with your family or caregiver ways you can be part of the celebrations. Additionally, talking to them about your emotional fears may provide you the support you need. Reflect on the things you used to be able to do and the joyful moments by looking at old photo albums or discussing memories, focusing on the positive that encompass your life legacy.
Be active and rest
If possible, go outside as much as you can. Don’t stay at home, especially when you’re alone. Try to be active with family and friends and participate in what your body allows you to do. Better yet, sharing moments with children can give you the energy you need to be physically and emotionally healthy and active. More activity will increase your feelings of fulfillment and accomplishment. Of course, don’t forget to rest as well. By resting, you’ll conserve energy to do it again the next day. If you’re looking for activities, contact your local COA Senior Center.
We understand that the meaning of the holidays is defined differently by different age groups. However, most include the words ‘happiness’ and ‘gratefulness’, two words that every person should experience. We want everyone to enjoy the holidays each year. If you’re in need of guidance or support, we’re here to help. Contact us today!