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Energizing Tip for 12-5-12

by Senior Care Society on 12/05/2012 - 11:50 am

Tag: Energizing Tips in Bloom

As family caregivers and health and human services leaders...

 

We have a lot of commitments and responsibilities throughout the year. During the holiday season, our schedules can seem a bit overwhelming as we attend holiday events and parties on weekday evenings and weekends throughout the month of December.

 

Although special holiday events can be filled with fun, laughter, and love, they can be exhausting to a caregiver who is already running on fumes. After all, the day to day demands of household chores and medical appointments still continue. A peak at our calendar may show that every weekend is booked right up until New Year's Eve. To some of us, this may be wonderful as we love this season and are energized by being in the midst of many people we do not see as much at other times of the year. For others, especially those of us who are more introverted, this time of the year can be very draining as we feel overloaded with stimulation.

 

The key to having a pleasant holiday season is to check in with yourself and honor your own needs as you go through the month. It is okay to pass on some events if it would ease your stress and allow you to take some time for yourself. When you serve as a caregiver or a busy health and human services leader, it is so important that you do what feels right for you so you avoid burnout. So, if attending all the parties and events are energizing for you, go for it and enjoy every moment. If you wish you had less things on your schedule during the season, you can nicely decline some invitations. If you are unsure whether you will feel like attending the event until the day itself, that is okay as well. Share your honest feelings with the host that you want to come but have been feeling so run down lately and may not be able to fully decide until the day itself.

 

Practice Tip: As you add events to your calendar during the holiday season, check in with yourself about how you are feeling regarding the schedule. You do not have to attend every event unless you want to. You have the power to choose what you will and will not attend. In addition, take full control over your schedule by placing some days or evenings on your calendar for yourself during the season for you to get some energy renewing rest. Continue to be honest with yourself and others regarding your needs. By starting this practice during this extremely busy season, you will have the opportunity to jump start a New Year's resolution of putting your needs first, or at least much higher on the priority list.

 

Wishing you peace and joy during this holiday season!

 

 

Energetically yours,

 

 

 

Michael Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

Bloom Coaching and Performance LLC is committed to providing customized, person centered coaching programs and services that can positively transform the lives of as many caregivers and caregiver support workers as possible.

 

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