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Avoiding the Blues and Beating the Stress

Posted on: December 13th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

This time of year always comes with a supersized amount of two things: darkness and stress. The sun is out for less time, and the constant whirlwind of things to do for holidays and family get-togethers seems like it never ends. However, if we take a step back and identify what is causing our stress or depression levels to increase, we can take steps to reduce them and have a more enjoyable holiday season.

Don't be stressed these holidays! make time for yourself, organize your time and delegate!

Stop doing so much- cooking, running errands, keeping the kids in line, organizing family gatherings, volunteering for projects at work and gift shopping are just a few of the activities that keep us running around. Recognize which ones are truly important and leave the others for another time. Delegating tasks to other family members can help as well.

Be merry in moderation- the holidays are a great time for amazing food, drink and gift giving. However, excess of any of those can bring depression in hindsight, whether it’s from weight gain or spending too much. Keep tabs on how much you eat, drink and spend on gifts to limit the post-holiday regret.

Find the right amount of “togetherness”- too much time with family members can make you resent them, while not enough can make you feel left out and unloved. Find the perfect balance and stick to it for the right amount of family time.

Don’t be SAD- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) occurs during the winter months because of the lack of sunshine, fresh air and staying indoors. This can lull us into a temporary depression, so get outside as much as the weather allows or get out and see friends, anything to get out of the house.

This time of year is meant to be enjoyed with the ones we hold closest to us. Use these tips to help reduce the stress and blues in your life so that you can cherish the memories you’ll make. Whatever holidays you celebrate, LA Medical Retail hopes that they are full of family, happiness and cheer!

Tips for Caregivers: Enjoy the Holidays Stress-Free

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

We’ve given you travel tips.  We’ve written about sensible holiday eating for diabetics.  Now, read about how to remain stress free during the holidays while caring for your loved one with physical limitations.

Just thinking about the quickly approaching holiday stresses me out and gets my mind racing.  If you’re like me, these feelings of anxiety are calmed by a carefully thought out plan.  Here are a few action items to use when making your plan.

  1. Delegate

Give your loved one a few holiday tasks that you know they can handle and get them involved in the festivities.

  1. Get Help

Ask friends and family for help with your caregiving duties and with holiday duties.  Trying to take care of everything yourself will just cause unneeded stress.

  1. Decorate Less

Try to go easy on the decorations.  A few simple touches can go a long way.  Don’t feel compelled to transform the house into Santa’s workshop as rearranging furniture and too many decorations can make it difficult for your loved one to get around the house and can be very overwhelming for them.

  1. Just Say No

Don’t feel obligated to go to every party and participate in every activity.  Saying yes when you want to say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.

  1. Take “Me” Time

Take time for yourself to unwind and relax.  The holidays are intended to be a joyous and happy time and part of what will keep you in a good mood is spending time on your well being.  As someone to watch your loved one while you go shopping alone, get your nails done, take a long bubble bath, etc.

  1. Create an Emergency Plan

Be sure to make a plan for if you are sick or are suddenly needed elsewhere.  Who will take over your caregiving duties in case of emergency?  Write down and tell your family and friends.

We hope these tips will help keep your holidays stress free.  Remember, seek professional help if needed.  From everyone at LA Medical Retail, have a wonderful Christmas and tune back in Tuesday for post-holiday tips!