(GoHealthier.com) – Having a happy holiday is a common wish, but what about a healthy holiday? For anyone trying to stay mentally and physically healthy and on-track, the holidays sometimes present a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of things we can do to have a healthier holiday season. We have six strategies to consider in the full article below.
Being healthier may be a year-round goal, but it can be more difficult during the holidays. There are all the edible temptations, pressure to overspend, and potentially toxic family members. Physical, mental, and financial health may suffer. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to find out about six ways to be healthier this holiday season.
Being Healthier is Possible, Even During the Holiday Season.
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Even without pandemic concerns, washing hands frequently during the holidays is important. It’s cold and flu season and good hand-washing is one of the best ways to combat all types of illnesses. It’s also important when preparing food for holiday dinners and making sure loved ones stay healthy, too.
2. Stay Warm and Safe
Bundling up when going outside matters. While it’s a myth that being cold means catching a cold, the lower temperatures may still put a damper on the immune system. That may make a person more susceptible to getting sick and reduce their ability to fight off germs and illnesses. By staying warm and being careful on slick roads, stairs, and sidewalks, it’s possible to have a safer holiday season.
3. Manage Your Stress Levels
It’s not just physical health that matters during the holiday season. Mental and emotional health are fundamental aspects of a person’s well-being. Too much stress may quickly build up if there are family issues, pressure to spend or buy too much, or other concerns. Taking some time away from it all, whether it’s to take a bath, meditate, walk, read, or pursue a hobby, may lower stress levels and make the holiday season more enjoyable.
4. Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is never a good idea, but it’s especially important to remember around the holidays. Watch out for friends and family members, too, and take their keys if they’ve had too much to drink. You may save a life.
5. Stick to a Budget
Financial health shouldn’t be ignored during the holidays. The pressure to buy the latest item or spend as much as someone else may cause stress. But remember that it’s not about the cost of the gifts. It’s about the season, family, friendships, and the love and caring shown for others. Set a budget that feels comfortable, and stick with it.
6. Practice Fire Safety
The holiday season is, unfortunately, one of the highest risk times of year for fires. All the cooking, fireplaces being used and lighted decorations around the house add to the risk. Never leave fireplaces or candles unattended, and don’t use the stove or oven unless someone is home to monitor their use. Check decorations for any damage or electrical problems before putting them up to keep everyone safer, as well.
No matter the time of year, it’s possible to stay happier and healthier. When you follow these useful tips to protect your health and well-being, the holiday season can feel much more joyous and fun, leaving you to start a whole new year in better shape mentally, physically, and emotionally.
~Here’s to a Healthier Life!
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