Avoiding the Holiday Blues
This time of year, it can seem like everyone is happy and enjoying the season. But for lots of people, especially for older friends and family members, the holidays magnify feelings of loneliness and loss. Here are a few tips to help aging loved ones avoid the holiday blues:
- Include those who might be isolated in social gatherings throughout the season. Make sure the people in your life who cannot drive are able to participate in get-togethers and events. Simple activities like baking and decorating are meaningful and interactive.
- Create visual memories of the season by collecting holiday photos and cards. Create an album to share. Talking about the photographs is fun and preserves the history of a family.
- Learn or do something new in the new year. Take a yoga class or learn a new computer skill. Plan a getaway, even if it’s just a day trip, can keep you excited about the future.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Make sure to eat healthy meals. Stay active and drink lots of water.
Simple activities and time spent together during the season will go a long way toward preventing the holiday blues.