The New Year is just weeks away, and what better way to start 2016 then feeling incredible because you’ve taken extra care of yourself this holiday season.
With the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, traveling, and preparing for holiday gatherings, the demands of the season can take a great toll on our overall health.
Don’t let stress slowly exhaust your Christmas spirit. Enjoy your out-of-town visitors, family, and friends, instead of being bedridden with the flu.
Simple holiday tips to help support your efforts for health and safety this holiday season
Manage stress- Although the holidays tend to take a great toll on our health and pocketbooks, you can manage both by staying relaxed and being aware of unnecessary spending. Keep your commitments and holiday spending in check by balancing work, home, hobbies, and holiday social events. Getting plenty of sleep, refraining from too many holiday sweets, and getting regular physical activity can make a great difference in managing stress.
Ask for help- you can’t be expected to do everything yourself. Ask for help when it comes to holiday tasks. If hosting a holiday party, ask close family and friends to help with appetizers, side dishes, drinks, etc.
Be organized- have a game plan a few months prior to the holiday season if possible. Create your Christmas checklist and make a schedule. You will only cause yourself excess stress if waiting until the last minute.
Get adequate rest- listen to your body. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of an uninterrupted night’s sleep, as well as daily down time. Your body will thank you if you take the time to nap, reenergize and relax.
Beware of party perils- most holiday parties offer delicious high-fat foods, along with festive sugary and salty treats. If trying to maintain your blood sugar during the holidays, try to eat a healthy snack before attending events to avoid overeating. In addition, with increased alcohol consumption being common this time of year, ensure you have a designated driver or have the number for a taxi company on hand before attending parties if planning to drink.
Wash your hands often-keeping hand clean is even more critical during flu season. Help to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others by washing your hands several times a day with antibacterial soap and clean running, warm water. Don’t forget to always wash your hands after sneezing or coughing.
Stay warm- Colder temperatures can cause serious health problems, particularly in infants and older adults. It’s important to stay dry, keep ears covered (especially in windy weather), and wear several layers if necessary.