Wellness Matters

Overcome Holiday Blues When Someone You Love Has an Illness

December 15, 2014

By: Debra Mack, RN, MSN, BSN
Director of Inpatient Services
Cone Health  Behavioral Health Hospital

Caregivers can have it hard during the holidays with trying to juggle caring for loved ones with all the shopping, planning and expectations that often come with the holiday season.

As a caregiver it's important that you don't neglect your health while caring for others. Here are three tips to help you:

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Eat well.
  3. Practice some method of stress relief regularly, such as reading or walking.
Living with a chronic illness or having a loved one who is sick can sometimes leave you with a negative feeling. During the holiday season, remember these two things:
  1. Count your blessings.
  2. Find an activity or tradition that your family member or friend with an illness can participate in with you. Let it be something that brings you both joy and gratitude.
Remember the holidays can be especially difficult for individuals living with chronic mental illness. If you have a loved one suffering from mental illness, be sure to pay close attention  to any changes in behavior throughout this holiday season.

If you or a loved one are having a hard time with the holiday blues, contact the Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital 24-hour helpline for immediate assistance at 800-711-2635 or Alamance Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services at 336-538-7893.


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