Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

I was privileged to speak at Marshall Cancer Care Center’s L.I.F.E. cancer support group meeting this week. The presentation was “This Little Light of Mine – Avoiding Caregiver Stress During the Holidays.”

Caregivers & patients often find themselves in demanding circumstances dealing with a disease and the medical treatments for managing the disease. When holidays come along, the caregiver may find him/herself feeling extra stressed with added holiday expectations and jobs. Soon the “most wonderful time of the year” becomes the most demanding time of the year. The ongoing and ever increasing stressors can sap the last ounce of energy from the caregiver and lead to burnout.

The L.I.F.E group’s discussions included tips for de-stressing during the holidays and focusing on what’s most important to the caregiver and care-recipient. Participants were given a list of Christmas jobs and encouraged to prioritize which activities to keep this year and which activities to let go.

Are the thoughts of Christmas causing stress for you and your caregivers? Call me today and book “This Little Light of Mine – Avoiding Caregiver Stress During the Holidays”.