Holiday’s are supposed to be about family, friends, and togetherness right? However, inevitably someone can get sick, or end up in the hospital. No one wants that, but between the weather changes, stress and lack of sleep, this time of year can really take a toll on holiday health. Many times that kind of stuff can be avoided.
how to avoid holiday health issues:
The weather is rapidly changing, so make sure you are dressing for the changing weather conditions by layering accordingly. Make sure your garments are tight woven but loose fitting, this will help insulate you and keep all your body heat in. Cold weather causes many holiday health issues in seniors and infants. Layering is also important because you do not want to be sweating when you are indoors, then returning into the cold.
Stress and stress related illness are the number one holiday health issue(s). It is so important to manage stress, make sure you are taking a timeout for yourself everyday, you can not take care of others without taking care of yourself. Stress over a long period will cause serious health problems, and you never know when a panic attack will occur. It is important to keep a cool head, have a great support network, and if need be, join a support group or talk to you doctor about your stress levels.
Stress prevention ideas:
- Keep a stress journal
- Take a long hot bath
- Taking part in hobbies or leisure activities that you enjoy
- Stress balls (not only good for stress, but also for burning extra calories)
- Get plenty of exercise, especially if you can get out of the house to do it
- Stay in a budget during holiday shopping to avoid financial regrets
Another contributing factor to holiday health issues is unavoidable outside factors, such as someone around you being sick, or accidents. The best prevention tip for others around you having health issues first and foremost is wash your hands. Wash your hands as soon as you use the restroom, before meals and after being in the same general area as someone who has been ill. Next remember that when on the road be extra careful, you and others are under a lot of stress and may not be focused. Try to avoid alcohol as much as possible this time of year, alcohol hinders your ability to make sound decisions.
During the holiday’s we are not usually ourselves, and we just want to enjoy family and friends. Remember to take care of yourself. You can not enjoy your holiday to its fullest if you are having health issues. The key to avoiding holiday health issues is prevention. Getting sleep is vital to this stressful time of year, so really do your best to catch some Z’s. Sometimes stressful situations are out of your hands but do your best to keep calm and stay focused, then talk to a loved one about it later.