It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the winter holidays! However, it can also be the most stressful time of the year, and let’s not forget that December lands during prime flu season. For many reasons staying healthy during the holidays can be challenging. To make it easier for you and your family to stave off illness and injury and actually enjoy the holidays, we’ve compiled the following tips:
Wash your hands!
It’s a basic infection prevention measure—but it’s also one of the most effective! Make sure that you’re washing your hands with soap and warm water throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs.
Trying to meet every expectation for a fabulous holiday can really increase stress, which in turn, can lower your natural resistance to illness. So give yourself a break and relax. Focus on what’s most important and let go of the rest. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as exercise or meditation.
We’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Also, avoid overindulging in holiday cheer even if you’re not getting behind the wheel. Too much alcohol is bad for your health and a holiday hangover is no fun!
Keep tabs on children, the elderly, and pets
Family gatherings are at the heart of many holiday celebrations, but they can also be hazardous if you’re not used to hosting children, older relatives or unfamiliar pets. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s and pet’s reach and try to remove tripping hazards for older people who may be less stable on their feet or cannot easily see hazards in their path.
Prepare food safely
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the last thing you want is to suffer from a food-borne illness, so if you’re preparing a feast at home remember to wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, and cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate leftovers promptly.
Eat healthy and stay active
The holidays are the perfect excuse to let your healthy eating and exercising habits slide, but that’s not good for your health. Why not compromise and plan to enjoy special treats in moderation and exercise as regularly as possible while you’re off your regular routine? This approach will make it easier to get back on track once the holidays are over.
Although the holiday season is short, many people have very long lists of things to do. There are more people to see and so many places to go. The increased demands on your time and your body, coupled with a change of routine can be fun and exciting, but it may also be overwhelming emotionally, physically and psychologically. So, remember to pace yourself and refer to the tips above if you need some extra help staying healthy during the holidays.
Shawn Bridges Boehmer has been a member of the Personal Lines Customer Service Team at Kemner Iott Benz since 2011. In her free time, Shawn enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling to tropical destinations and spending time with her family.
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