The holidays are a joyous and festive time of year filled with good food, family and friends. But when you’re an informal caregiver, looking after an aging in place loved one during the holiday season can elevate your stress to a whole new level. On the other hand, finding healthy ways to decompress while juggling caregiving with the holidays will allow you to enjoy them even more. If you’re a caregiver, here are some stress-relief tips so that this holiday season is all that you’d hoped for. 

Signs of Holiday Caregiver Stress

Just like any other time of year, caregiver stress can sneak up on you during the holidays when you least expect it. So that you are better prepared, here are the classic warning signs that your stress is getting out of control:

  • Feeling sad all the time
  • Feeling worried, hopeless or overwhelmed
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed 
  • Feeling tired throughout the day
  • Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry
  • Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications

Left unaddressed, caregiver stress can cause serious