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3 ways to enjoy the holidays even more

Senior Wellness | Nov 29, 2016

Recently, we discussed some ways for seniors to avoid succumbing to holiday stress.

Avoiding stress is important. You'll also have to remember to enjoy the little things during the holidays. Throughout the month of December, try following some of these tips to make the most of the time you spend with family and friends.

Record and look back at your memories

This holiday season, take as many photographs and videos as you can. This way, in a few months, you'll be able to reminisce about this special time of the year.

"Take as many photographs and videos as you can."

Some individuals may have a gripe with people who always take photos, but don't listen to them. Recording your memories is beneficial because it helps you retain them in the digital age forever.

Yet, photos and videos can serve a greater purpose. If you post images to social media accounts, you'll be able to establish deeper connections with family members, particularly your children and possibly grandchildren. According to Senior Care Corner, social media and photos can help make conversations easier between generations.

Additionally, don't underestimate the power of old images and videos taken back when you were a kid, teenager or young adult. Grandchildren enjoy hearing stories of when you were their age. Visuals can help you remember certain memories and pass those stories down to young listeners while decorating the holiday tree, for example.

Old images can also help bring joy to those whose memories might be not the strongest and help them relive or experience those moments that were captured.

Take a breather

In between the shopping trips and family gatherings, it's best if you schedule some down time. You can still spend quality time with your family, but in a more relaxed setting.

For example, consider hosting a game or movie night and include everyone you can. These types of activities are a great way to enjoy the holiday spirit without worrying about hosting a large dinner. And if you go with a movie night, be sure to watch some holiday classics.

You should also consider meeting up with friends and acquaintances for an afternoon tea or coffee. You may not see them often, or maybe they can't make it to your holiday party, but afternoon conversations are a good way to relax at a time when everyone is busy.

Relaxing activities are beneficial because they won't wear you out and you'll enjoy the big gatherings that much more.

Donate your time

Consider volunteering during the holidays to help those in need. You can help out at a gift drive, soup kitchen or other local charity that needs assistance.

"You can help out at a gift drive, soup kitchen or other local activity."

By volunteering, you're able to contribute time to causes you believe in. Not only will you help those less fortunate, but you'll also enjoy personal benefits. According to Create the Good, some of the health benefits include:

  • Staying mentally and physically active
  • Experiencing a sense of fulfillment
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Decreasing risk of depression
  • Increasing social interaction

Local towns and cities often have databases with volunteering opportunities. You'll also be able to find them online using websites such as Volunteer Match, the AARP, Red Cross and more.

It's important to remember that volunteering shouldn't just be limited to the holidays. You can use this time of the year as a springboard to helping throughout 2017.

The holidays are loved by many because of the smiles and laughs shared by all. In addition to the usual family dinners and gift openings, try volunteering and taking lots of photographs to enjoy the holidays even more.