BIA-MA Holiday Tips for Caregivers and Brain Injury Survivors

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The holidays are a time of celebration, parties, food, fun, decorations and of course, family and friends. However, for many the holiday season can be stressful. From the constant traffic jams and busy shopping centers to the added stresses of decorating, baking and attending an endless list of holiday activities, the season can be especially challenging for brain injury survivors and caregivers. Consider our tips to help you decrease your stress and enjoy the holiday season.

1. Prioritize your to-do list. Whether you’re a brain injury survivor or caregiver, the holiday season often brings a long list of tasks you need to complete. Prioritize what you need to accomplish during the holiday season, so you aren’t stressed about managing a lengthy, disorganized list of tasks.

2. Predict and plan for the challenges you may face during the upcoming holiday season and make special arrangements if necessary.

2. Ask for help. Reach out to family and friends if you need help shopping, decorating or baking. Not only will they help you get your list of holiday tasks done, but it’s a great way to spend time together.

3. Take time to enjoy the holiday season. Decorate with family and friends, watch a holiday movie, enjoy some cookies and hot cocoa or take a drive and see Christmas lights. The season only comes once a year – it’s important to make sure you take the time to enjoy the activities that make it so special.

4. Get plenty of sleep, especially before a special event or busy week of activities.

5. Take time out for yourself this holiday season. Find activities that relax you, like reading, yoga, walking or even taking a bubble bath. The holiday season can be stressful, so it’s important to find time to de-stress.

6. Talk to a friend, family member or therapist if you’re feeling lonely or depressed. The holidays can be a time of depression or loneliness for some, so don’t be afraid to reach out if you’re feeling sad or lonely.

7. Enjoy time with family and friends and avoid those who are negative or unsupportive. Many people tend to be overly negative during the holidays, so it’s important to spend time with positive people who will help you enjoy the season.

8. Enjoy time with family and friends and avoid those who are negative or unsupportive. Many people tend to be overly negative during the holidays, so it’s important to spend time with positive people who will help you enjoy the season.

How will you decrease holiday stress this season? For more information for brain injury survivors and caregivers, go to The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts website.

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