‘Tis the Season…for Sickness
Often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season is the perfect time to connect with family and friends. Unfortunately, the holidays often come with an uptick in ailments that can put a damper on your plans. We have some tips on how to stay healthy this holiday season:
The not-so-festive cold and flu
It’s no secret this is the busiest travel time of the year. Between the cold weather, germy transportation methods, and the high amount of stress you are most likely experiencing, the flu can creep up very easily. The CDC recommends getting a yearly flu vaccine, washing your hands, and doing your best to avoid contact with sick people. If you do get the flu, talk to your doctor about taking flu antiviral drugs.
Okay, so you’ve over indulged…
You’re starting to regret that second helping of mashed potatoes. The pain of overeating and the guilt of going off your diet are both starting to set in. Now what? Try walking to help move food along the digestive track. You can also drink herbal tea to help stimulate digestion in addition to drinking water- lots of it. If you’ve waited till the next morning to feel your food hangover, mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of water and drink on an empty stomach.
Most of us greet the holiday season with much excitement and expectation. But for some, the holidays can be a time of increased sadness and stress. Whether it’s too many commitments, unrealistic expectations, or financial pressures, there are many triggers that can cause stress. It’s important to set realistic goals and expectation for your holiday season. Find inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself and reach out to friends and family for social support. Consider setting aside some time to volunteer at a soup kitchen or working a toy drive. Volunteering keeps us grounded, down to earth, and grateful.
The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time, but the best way to try and minimize the craziness is to plan ahead and prioritize. This time of the year is supposed to be about spending time with loved ones and being thankful for all the positive things in your life. Keeping perspective and an eye on what is important is often the key to enjoying yourself and
- Posted by holx-admin
- On December 18, 2013