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The holidays are meant to be a time of togetherness and celebration, but if you’re in the midst of caring for a chronically ill older relative, you may just see them as another source of stress in your life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With. The fleshy place between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine.

Applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds. Hopefully, you can seek out friends and family that will be more able to help during the holidays-visiting aunts to keep the elder company while you do the shopping, cousins that can take your loved one to see a play while you catch up on time with your spouse and children, etc. Seeking out that help and getting it may help relieve stress and get you through the hard parts of the holidays.

To reduce holiday stress, you have to pace yourself. Long before the family gatherings actually happen, decide on some limits and stick to them. Stay one or two nights at your parents’ house. Taking some time to yourself can be a great way to lessen stress and burnout.

Offer to stay with your loved one while they take some time to do what they need. Get involved in holiday planning. If your loved one is opting to host the holiday festivities, do your best to help them plan. How Caregivers Can Deal with Caregiver Stress Syndrome Once you have recognized the signs of caregiver stress syndrome, the next step is to manage it. Having this condition isn’t unusual — the key is to make your own health a priority so that you can continue to provide care for your loved one.

If you are struggling with caregiver stress syndrome, one of the. See your doctor for regular checkups. Make sure to tell your doctor or nurse you are a caregiver.

Also, tell her about any symptoms of depression or sickness you may have. If you work outside the home and are feeling overwhelmed, consider taking a break from your job. Taking notes can help you find patterns among your stressors and your reactions to them so that you can develop a plan to manage your stress.

Set limits. List the projects and commitments that are making you feel overwhelmed. Identify which commitments are priorities and cut back on anything nonessential.

Regardless of circumstances, caregiving presents a host of demands. For the male caregiver, however, longstanding stereotypes can make the experience even more challenging. The traditional idea of a caregiver is a woman, most often someone caring for a husband or father, and caregiver support programs tend to have a female focus. Know the facts to help reduce stress. Knowing the facts about COVID-19 and stopping the spread of rumors can help reduce stress and stigma.

Understanding the risk to yourself and people you care about can help you connect with others and make an outbreak less stressful. Take care of your mental health.

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Pre-trip stressors include trip planning (for example, flights, hotels, appointment arrangement) and work arrangements (for example, leaving the office in good order, delegating work to subordinates, dealing with unanswered mail).

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If it sounds odd to think about positive activities causing an accumulation of toxic stress, just think about how many times you have gotten back from a vacation or Christmas at Grandma’s house with all the extended family and said, “Whew, I’m glad to be back at work so I can get some rest!”

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Caregiving may bring family members together, but it also may be a stressful time.

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Respite care can be very helpful in relieving stress and providing an opportunity to take a break and spend time by yourself, with your partner, or with other family members.

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Carnevale F. Avoiding family induced stress: effective strategies for working with families.

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Caregiving also often creates stress with work situations.

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Tell them to reward themselves; daily lists can help reduce anxiety by providing guilt-free time off when the work list is completed.

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Make sure that you take all the vacation time that you are entitled to, and that you get enough sleep and relaxation.

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Make sure you take all the holiday time you are entitled to, and that you get enough sleep and relaxation.

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• Schedule a break in the caregiving.

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