The holiday season can be a great time to gather with friends and family, but it can also usher in some less than desirable health concerns. A combination of cold weather, sick people, and busy schedules can lead to a month full of runny noses and headaches if you’re not careful. Here are four holiday health tips to keep you on your feet this season.
As winter approaches, it’s going to get colder and colder. The weather can take a toll on your health if you’re not careful. Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite.
Make sure that you and your family dress appropriately for the holidays. Dress in layers to insulate yourself from the cold. Items like gloves and hats will make sure that you cover as much skin as possible to prevent direct contact with the cold. If you get to cold, head inside where it’s nice and warm and treat yourself to some nice tea or some other soothing beverage.
Wash Your Hands
Your grandma was right; you should always wash your hands. This is even more important during flu season when everyone can get cooped up indoors, leading to a lot of coughing and sneezing people in shared spaces.
Many common cold weather illnesses can be spread easily, but washing your hands can help kill germs after you have to open doors, handle money, or touch anything else that may have come in contact with someone who is sick. Of course, you can’t always rush to the restroom after every sniffle. Have some tissues and hand sanitizer ready in case you ever need it.
Don’t Get Too Stressed
Coughing and sneezing isn’t the only thing that can derail you during the holidays. Too much stress can have some significant effects on your health, which is a problem in a season where it can be easy to feel the pressure due to your family, financial situations, and other reasons. Common effects of stress can include:
- Upset stomach
- Sleep problems
- Irritability and outbursts
If you feel stressed out, take a moment to collect yourself. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing can help calm you down. It can also be important to make sure that you set aside some time for yourself if the holiday season starts to get crazy. Nice, calm hobbies like reading or listening to something can be just what you need to release some tension.
Take Preventative Measures
Tissues and cough drops can be nice, but sometimes the best way to protect your health during the holidays is to take preventative action. Things like flu shots can help you fend off influenza. It’s also good to make an appointment with your doctor to see how you’re doing heading into the holidays and ask questions about other ways to fend off any cold weather illnesses.
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Dr. Mary Revolisnky, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.