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5 Ways To Stay Healthy Over the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us once again. This time of year can be lots of fun, but it also creates several opportunities for illness. The travel, family gatherings, meals, shopping and other festivities can take a toll on your health if you are not careful. From elevated stress levels to colds and viruses, there is a lot to be mindful of over the next month or so. Here are 5 ways to stay healthy so you can enjoy this festive season.
Wash Your Hands
This may seem obvious, but it’s very important. Remember that while it is certainly holiday season, it’s also flu season. For those doing a lot of travelling, especially in airports, keeping your hands clean is vital to avoiding getting sick or spreading germs to others. Always wash your hands with soap and clean (and preferably, warm) running water, rubbing them together for at least 20 seconds.
Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages as much as possible. This is especially true for those travelling by air and those who keep a busy, active schedule. Staying hydrated also helps to reduce cravings.
Getting enough sleep is important no matter what time of year it is, but more so during a busy and stressful holiday season. When you get enough rest, your immune system is stronger and your body is better equipped to fight off infection. Not only do you feel better when you’re well rested, but you are also more alert, which is very important for those doing a lot of driving.
Stress and overall health are closely related, and this time of year can be very stressful for some people. Balancing your work life and home life, as well as being sure not to overcommit yourself and your family, are helpful in managing expectations and keeping the festivities from becoming a burden instead of fun and relaxing.
While not everyone gets a cold and crisp Thanksgiving or a White Christmas, it is important to stay warm and dress for what the weather calls for. If it’s cold outside, try to limit your time outdoors. This is yet another way to keep colds, viruses, and other infections from ruining your holiday.