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Holiday Stress Management for Seniors

Beginning with Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, the holiday season is an activity-filled time. The hustle and bustle of this time of year can also be stressful. Travel, shopping, social and family obligations can be overwhelming.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘the only thing that’s constant is change.’ Seniors know this all too well. Family dynamics, living arrangements, health and finances have likely changed for many seniors. ‘With age comes wisdom’ – another true adage.

These tips can help you navigate the holiday season wisely and with less stress and anxiety.

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits and Get Plenty of Rest The additional activity that comes with the holidays can affect our immune system. Keeping a diet that’s rich in nutrients promotes a healthy immune system. So does getting plenty of rest.

Keep an Eye on Your Finances Besides gift giving, there are also many opportunities to be generous this time of year by supporting charitable organizations. Decide on a budget you’re comfortable with in advance – and stick to it.

Avoid Isolation Technology makes it easy for us to keep in touch with family and friends. Whenever possible, though, get together in person for coffee, a walk or shopping trip. Here at Ávila there are lots of opportunities to get together here or go on outings, like concerts in the community together. We also bring entertainment into the community. Being part of a community and participating in the activities it has to offer can go a long way. Take a peek at our monthly activity calendar.

Don’t Be Afraid of Change Things may be different than the way they were and that’s okay. Look for opportunities to start new traditions. This can be especially challenging if you’ve lost a loved one. This article from WebMD provides great advice for older adults with recommendations for starting a new tradition.