Holiday Stress Assessment for Caregivers
By Michael Plontz

We can feel the stress lurking around the corner.  We may not know what form it will take or how much of it we will have to endure, but we know that it’s out there waiting.  Wouldn’t it be nice to evaluate the amount of stress we can handle as caregivers during the holidays?  Well, now we can.  The following chart may help you to decide which things you must continue through the holidays, and which ones you can let go.  It is reprinted here from the sids-network.org web site. 

HOLIDAY
JOB LIST
Would the holidays be the same without it? Is this something you want to do differently? Do you do it out of habit, tradition, free choice, or obligation? Is it a one person job, or can it be shared? Who is responsible for seeing that it gets done? Do you like doing it?
Decorating the tree. - - - - - -
Contributing to special funds. - - - - - -
Baking holiday cookies. Exchanging holiday cookies. - - - - - -
Making long lists of what needs to be done. - - - - - -
Going to office or school parties. - - - - - -
Making homemade holiday gifts. - - - - - -
Sending holiday cards. - - - - - -
Buying something special to wear for the holidays. - - - - - -
Going to cocktail parties. - - - - - -
Doing your holiday shopping. - - - - - -
Seeing people you never see any other time of the year. - - - - - -
Helping or encouraging your children to make some of their gifts. - - - - - -
Having the house clean ... clean! - - - - - -
Decorating different rooms of your home. - - - - - -
Providing "quiet-together" time for immediate family. - - - - - -
Buying gifts for co-workers and teachers. - - - - - -
Attending special or traditional church services. - - - - - -
Attending special activities for children. - - - - - -
Preparing special traditional foods. - - - - - -

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