“The Holidays are Upon Us, How are You Feeling?”

Did you have as much fun as I did giving out candy to mini super heroes, princesses and ghouls on October 31st?  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and it kicks off the holiday season. 

How One Professional Caretaker/Nurse (me) Copes with the Holidays.

I am looking forward to my November trip home to Chicago for my yearly visit with family, friends and my two special God sons.  I’m not too enthusiastic about the long trip there and back or dealing with the city traffic, but I do look forward to Thanksgiving family dinners and catching up with how my favorite people have been doing.

Christmas I spend in my little town.  I’ve learned to create a surrogate family as a way to keep up some family traditions.  i.e. I give out little gifts to each member of our small church family at our pre-Christmas potluck dinner, and also give stocking stuffer gifts to my colleagues at work.  On Christmas Day I attend a great turkey dinner at a local Church with neighbor friends who are also originally Midwesterners.  That way I miss my family much less.

I also decorate the front picture window of my home with a humorous roly-poly Santa who gets a little help from two elves to push him up to the roof.  I put up a small well-lighted and bedecked tree in a neighboring window.  That way both people driving by and me while I mellow out in my favorite easy chair can enjoy it.  This helps me create a Christmas spirit in my home.

What have you tried to make your holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable?

Overwhelm and depression are common feelings around the holidays, even for professional caretakers like nurses, but reaching out to positive other people and making simple adaptations can sure help!

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