Holiday season can be as difficult as it is fun. Studies show that stress levels peak around this time of year. Here are some tips for a healthy holiday season:
- Take the time to rest and recharge, and be sure to get enough sleep.
- If you’re traveling across time zones, keeping hydrated—meaning avoiding alcohol or caffeine—can help minimize jet lag. Sleep and eat on destination time the day before you leave if you can.
- Try to stay with healthy snacks, especially on non-holiday holiday days such as the weekend after Thanksgiving or Christmas.
- Stand on a step-stool to hang decorations or get things down from high places, or have someone tall do it. Standing on furniture not made to support standing isn’t safe.
- At holiday celebrations, try to eat healthy, but don’t feel you need to stick to a strict diet when people around you are indulging. The average person gains only a pound between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.
- If you have diabetes, check your glucose at least once during holiday meals.
- People who have recently quit smoking or drinking, or who have just embarked on the road to recovery from substance abuse, should be given plenty of opportunities to step away from the busiest parts of celebrations and relax—and should not be nagged about relapsing.
- If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel, all the more so when you’ll be driving on dark or icy roads.
The good news is that holiday time can actually make you healthier. The time with your family and friends, and the holiday cheer, is good for you. So bask in the glow and have a happy holiday season.