Holiday Survival: 101

Holiday Survival: 101

The holiday season is in full swing. With it, comes schedules filled with shopping, parties, cooking and family time. While all of these things help set the stage for the “most wonderful time of the year,” the constant on-the-go can be taxing on your health – both mentally and physically.

To keep you from channeling your inner Grinch, consider this your holiday health survival guide:

  • Set aside some time for yourself. The holidays are a time for family; however, too much of anything can wear on you after a while. To help keep everyone in good cheer, make time for yourself by doing something you enjoy to de-stress.
  • Stay active. Take a lap around the block or visit the gym. Exercise helps ward off any stress you may be feeling.
  • Wash your hands. During this season of giving, we often exchange more than just presents. Washing your hands is key to preventing yourself and those around you from getting sick.
  • Don’t forget to eat healthy. The holidays are filled with delicious foods; however, moderation is best, especially when it comes to tempting treats. When you eat better, you feel better.
  • Get plenty of rest. Sleeping the recommended hours of sleep each night (7-9 hours for adults) helps keep your immune system running at full steam to fight sickness.
  • Get a flu shot. The flu shot not only helps keep you from getting the flu, but also the people around you, especially children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals.
  • Safety first. From trimming your tree to hanging lights, always remember best safety practices when preparing and decorating for the holidays.
  • Buy age-appropriate toys. Remember to check the recommended age listed on the outside of toy packaging when buying gifts for children. For example, toys with small pieces can be a choking hazard for young children.
  • Last of all, enjoy yourself! Make the best of this holly, jolly holiday. It only comes once a year.

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