Have a stress-free holiday

Holidays are a busy time filled with baking, shopping and getting together with family and friends. For many seniors, the holidays can bring unwanted stress that can lead to health issues. To stay healthy and happy, keep the following in mind:

– Watch what you eat and drink. It’s difficult to eat healthy when holiday treats seem to be everywhere we turn, try not to over indulge.

– Stay hydrated. Drinking water is one way you can stay healthy, not only during the holidays, but all year round. Be mindful of drinking alcohol with certain medications.

– Exercise. Taking a walk can be a tremendous benefit to you physical and emotional well-being.

– Rest. Take time out to rest. A nap will rejuvenate your body and mind.

– Stay involved. Help with holiday preparations, share your favorite tradition, cook your favorite holiday dish, visit with friends, and create new memories.

For those of us who have seniors in our lives, we can help reduce their stress level by doing a few simple acts:

– Giving of time. A visit, watching their favorite holiday movie, listening to stories, or decorating cookies; the giving of your time can make a difference in a senior’s life.

– Be mindful of stress. The holidays usually mean preparing the home and meals for a large group. Ask family and friends to bring a dish to pass or cater the meal. Before the gathering, plan a decorating party, a cookie bake, or offer to help wrap gifts. When this stress is removed, everyone can enjoy more time with each other.

– Help with transportation. Winter weather can put a damper on holiday plans. Offer to provide transportation to avoid missed opportunities for socialization; this ensures peace of mind for all involved.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at the Minot Commission on Aging!