The holiday season is coming, starting with Thanksgiving on Thursday. The good news is that holiday time and holiday celebration are actually beneficial to your health. Good cheer and being with family provide a boost. The bad news is that stress peaks around holiday time as well. Here are some tips to help you through:
- Take time out for yourself, to rest and recharge.
- Get enough sleep. It’s an important part of both keeping your health and stress management.
- If you’re traveling for the holidays—or any other time—melatonin can help you adjust to time differences to avoid jet lag.
- Use a dedicated step-stool rather than furniture to stand on when hanging decorations; it’s safer.
- It’s always important not to drive drunk, but it’s particularly dangerous on icy roads or when snow reduces visibility.
- Wash up. Washing your hands regularly helps you avoid the colds, flu, and similar ailments that are going around this time of year.
- Try to eat healthy during the holidays, but recognize that celebrations and feasts are not the time to stick strictly to a weight-loss plan.
- Don’t worry too much about watching your weight; 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.
- If you’re prone to heartburn or acid reflux, be careful with alcohol, caffeine (including chocolate), carbonation, and mint. Caffeine and alcohol can also make intestinal bowel problems flare up.
- When you can, pick nutrient-rich foods and snacks such as nuts and fresh fruit and vegetables.
If you follow these tips, it will help you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.