The holiday season is a busy time of year filled with food, family and fun. But when you’re also caring for an aging loved one, the added responsibility of caregiving during the holidays can push your stress level to the breaking point. With all the shopping, decorating and baking that you feel obligated to do, the onset of caregiver fatigue can quickly place the health and wellbeing of the two of you at risk. To help ensure that doesn’t happen, here are some great ways to juggle caregiving during the holidays.

Signs of Caregiver Fatigue

These are some of the classic signs of caregiver fatigue, including during the holidays:

  • Feeling tired and run down all the time
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Taking longer to recover from illnesses
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Being irritable
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Lack-of-interest in activities once enjoyed

When you start experiencing these signs during the holidays, if you don’t start taking care of yourself it could lead to even more serious problems.

Staying Recharged and Refreshed

On the other hand, keeping your mind and body refreshed while caregiving during the holidays is possible when using this approach:

Set Realistic Goals

There’s only one of you, so sit down and prioritize the caregiving duties that your loved one needs. Focus on more essential tasks, like meals, medication reminders or getting them to the doctor, and let chores like housecleaning and laundry wait until another day. In your own home, don’t feel pressured into competing with others when it comes to holiday decorations or entertaining. It’s O.K. to put off so