If you’re caring for a senior parent with Alzheimer’s and you find yourself battling depression during the holidays you’re not alone. Often the holidays can be isolating for people who are overwhelmed emotionally and don’t feel like being merry and bright. It’s ok to feel your feelings. And there are things that you can do to help you get past this tough period. Alzheimer’s home care services for seniors are specialized care that can meet the special needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s and give you a break.
Some of the best things to do to manage holiday depression are:
Get Alzheimer’s Home Care
When you’re struggling with your own mental health it’s ok to take a step back from caring for your senior parent with Alzheimer’s to prioritize your mental health. Alzheimer’s home care for seniors can attend to the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s. The caregivers who provide this care have education and experience in how to effectively communicate with Alzheimer’s and take care of them physically. So you can take some time to focus on yourself feeling confident that your senior parent with Alzheimer’s is getting the best possible care.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Sleeping is essential for good physical and mental health. When people are fighting depression they may either sleep too much or sleep too little. If you are having trouble sleeping try doing things like journaling at night, taking a hot bath, or reading a book before you go to bed. Getting restful sleep will help you manage those holiday blues and feel better.
Get Some Exercise and Eat Healthily
Exercise can help manage the symptoms of depression. Regular exercise will help you relieve tension, get better sleep, and work out any stress. If you can’t get to the gym you can try going for a walk. Or if the weather is bad and you can’t go for a walk outside you can try doing a home workout or stream a workout on a phone or tablet. Yoga can be a very effective exercise for helping with depression.
During the holiday season, there is an abundance of cookies, cakes, candy, and other holiday treats. But eating too much sugar and foods that are high in carbs can make you feel unwell and off balance. Eating healthy food will help keep your body in balance and keep you feeling good. Make sure that you’re eating some vegetables every day and getting enough protein too. Protein shakes are a great way to get more protein in your diet when you don’t really feel like eating.
Spend Time With Family And Friends
When you feel sad or depressed the last thing you want to do is spend time with people. But spending time with family and friends is also the best thing you can do to help manage those feelings of isolation and sadness. Being around family and friends during the holidays can remind you that what matters most is the love that you share with your senior parent, your family, and your friends.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Alzheimer’s Home Care Services in Ellicott City MD please contact the caring staff at Vital Sign Home Care today. (410) 814-0258
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