Everyone wants their holiday celebrations to go off without a hitch. Most people focus on things like getting the right gifts, making sure they have enough food, double checking flights, and so on. There’s something even more important that you need to pay attention to, though: your health!
Being sick can make the holidays a miserable experience despite all the good cheer surrounding you. So don’t let it happen. Follow the below tips for a happy and healthy holiday season – and to learn how you can prepare for a healthy new year.
How to Make Sure Your Holiday Season Is Safe and Healthy
Wash Your Hands Often: Think about how much stuff you look through or pick up during holiday shopping. Now think about how many people are also looking through or picking up the same stuff. That’s a lot of contact with people you don’t know. Be sure to wash your hands before and after shopping trips to prevent getting sick.
De-Stress: You’re maxing out your budget on gifts for your family, the list of things to do at work before the end of the year is growing by the minute, and four sets of cousins are flying in from out of town for Christmas. Needless to say, the holidays can bring a lot of stress.
Unfortunately, a high level of stress goes hand-in-hand with a high chance of getting sick or injured, so it is important to make your mental health a priority during the holiday season. Use the following tips to keep yourself calm during the holidays:
- Take a walk outside
- Get 8 hours of sleep a night
- Download apps like Headspace that teach you tricks for mindfulness and relaxation
Avoid Driving on Holiday Weekends: The Christmas holiday and especially New Year’s Eve are notorious for high rates of drunk driving and auto accidents. If you do not have to drive during the holidays, don’t: host a holiday party with the option for your guests to crash at your house, or get a hotel within walking distance of the place where you are partying.
If you do need to use a car to get home, call a rideshare. The drivers will be more alert than any partygoers and will focus on the road while you relax.
Make Exercising a New Year’s Resolution, But Start Now: What is everyone’s number one New Year’s Resolution? Diet and exercise. These are great resolutions. How many people keep it going, though? Not many.
This is not to say you should be discouraged from making your physical health a priority in 2017. Here’s an idea, though: if exercising more is going to be your 2017 resolution, start now.
It takes two months to make a habit, so you can use this time to get started on your new health routine. By the time 2017 rolls around, you will have already passed the trial-and-error phase of getting back to the gym and can move forward with making exercise a key part of your day. As a nice bonus, hitting the gym will also allow you to let off some steam from the crazy holiday season.
Make All of Your Doctors’ Appointments for the Next Few Months: You can’t measure the success of your health resolutions or goals without knowing where you’re starting from.
Take this time to schedule any appointments you need to make for the beginning of 2017: physicals, dental checkups, chiropractor visits, and so on. Healthcare professionals will be able to steer you in the right direction, and consistent visits will help you track your progress.
Don’t know what forms of exercise can help you relieve pain and prevent injuries? We can help. Make an appointment by reaching out to us today.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.