The end-of-year holidays, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, are joyous, but they can also be exhausting for home caregivers, who already have a plethora of regular chores and responsibilities. The extra loads of cooking, cleaning, gift buying, and planning that accompany the holiday season may be overwhelming.
With that in mind, here are a few tips for home caregivers to keep in mind as they prepare to finish the “holiday corridor.”
- Watch the sugar. The holidays are filled with yummy sweets and it’s nice to treat oneself to a sugar cookie or two every now and then; however, home caregivers should realize that depending on sugar for energy is not ideal. While sweet snacks provide a brief energy peak, that peak doesn’t last for long. Try to snack sensibly: raisins, almonds, and fruit are healthier alternatives that still provide a good pick-me-up.
- Don’t load up on caffeine. Similarly, adding an extra cup of coffee is not good for the body over time. Bulking up on caffeine may also cause insomnia and may sap one’s energy the next day.
- Drink water. Many find that they easily become dehydrated while doing their holiday shopping, and dehydration only adds to exhaustion. Carry a water bottle, drink plentifully from it, and keep refilling it as needed.
- Walk. When the energy lag hits in the middle of the afternoon, take a 10 or 15 minute walk. This may seem counter-intuitive, but that bit of exercise can recharge batteries and help one get over the mid-day hump.
- Shower up. Hot showers are relaxing, but a cool shower can wake the body up and provide a much-needed surge of energy. A quick sprinkling can refresh both the body and the mind.
Home caregivers have plenty to do at all times of the year; finding ways to maintain energy during these hectic days makes the season more manageable and more enjoyable – the way it’s meant to be.