Image is from Yoga JournalThe holiday season is a time to spend with friends and family. The last thing that you want is to get sick or injured during this time of year. If you want to stay healthy so that you can feel your best this holiday season, there are a few things that you should do.
Wipe The Germs AwayWhen you are out during the holiday season, you should wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often. If you are going to take a taxi to go holiday shopping and the store is packed with other shoppers, chances are there are germs everywhere. It is during the holiday season that the stores are the busiest. This is also true if you are traveling. People travel by plane and train the most during the holidays, which means that there are more germs than ever. If you want to keep from getting sick, you should make sure that your hands are always clean.
Get Plenty of SleepDuring the holidays, things can get very hectic. Between work, holiday shopping, decorating your home, and preparing to host friends and family members at your home, it can be difficult to find time to sleep. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep each night, it can lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to catching a cold. It can also slow down your metabolism, causing you to gain weight. Finally, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can suffer from sleep deprivation which can result in depression, stress, and anxiety. It is important to get as much sleep as possible during the holiday season
Clean Up the SnowIt is very common for it to snow during the holidays in many parts of the world. If you want to keep yourself, your family, and your friends from being injured, you should make sure that you shovel the snow in your driveways, walkways, and stairs. If these areas are icy, you should also treat them with rock salt. This can prevent a very serious injury. If you are shoveling the snow and you start to feel ill, you should stop. Thousands of people suffer from a heart attack each year due to the stress of shoveling and the weight of the snow.
Don’t Over IndulgeThe holidays are a time for sweet holiday treats, large holiday feasts, and lots of champagne. If you want to stay healthy this holiday season, you should do everything in moderation. Just because there is a whole tray of cookies set out, it doesn’t mean that you need to eat them all. Just because you have enough ham and turkey to feed an army, it doesn’t mean that you need to have several helpings. Over indulging can result in weight gain. If you are going to toast with champagne, go easy. You don’t want to wake up the next day with a hangover Just because it is the holiday season, it doesn’t mean that you should overdo it.
Be Careful With the Holiday LightsMany people put lights on their home for the holidays. If you are going to, you should be very careful. You should always check your lights for frayed ends or loose connections. These can be a fire hazard. You should check your extension cord often to make sure that it isn’t overheating. Finally, if you are climbing a ladder to hang the lights, be careful and don’t do it alone.
If you want the holiday season to be happy and healthy, you should follow the tips listed above.