5 Habits to keep you healthy this Holiday Season

 In Healthy Habits, Holidays

The Holidays are a much anticipated time of warmth and connection, a short period where families and friends come together for something greater than themselves. Unfortunately, this time of celebration also takes place at the same time as flu season, and catching this nasty bug can really ruin your time. While it’s impossible to completely avoid illness, here are 5 habits that can reduce your risk of missing out on all the festivities this month.

Wash your hands

You’ve heard it since you were a small child, “Did you wash your hands?” mother would always ask. Now that you’re older you don’t do much of what mom says anymore, but that doesn’t mean her old adage doesn’t still have teeth behind it.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important habits you can develop this winter to avoid getting sick and especially from spreading germs. Don’t be all wishy-washy either. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to maximize the cleansing power of the soap. If you find yourself coughing or sneezing, regularly washing your hands will help halt the spread of whatever pathogens you’re carrying.

Layer Up

Whether you live in Florida or Montana, winter means that temperatures drop regularly and can fluctuate wildly throughout the day. While a normal healthy body temperature mean is 98.6, all of the temperature swings from going indoors and out can stress out your immune system.

Stay dry and dress warmly in multiple layers to give yourself the best chance of staying comfortable. Big coats and jackets are fine, but it’s usually best to dress in several layers so that you can take them off and put them on as you desire.

Manage Stress

Often considered a time for mirth and merry-making, the holidays are also notorious for leading to soul-sapping stress. With family functions, office parties, gift swaps, screaming kids, and frequent travel, it’s no wonder we get all wound up.

Don’t let the holidays take toll on your health as it will your wallet. Make clear commitments and plans so you’re not having to make decisions on the fly. Follow you budgets to keep spending in check. Allow yourself to relax and enjoy this time with family and friends. Staying relaxed will do wonders for you mentally, and as a result – physically.

Get Vaccinated

Being proactive about your health is the best way to prevent illness during the holidays. Get your yearly vaccinations that will reduce your chances of catching an ugly bug. Vaccinations are not just about avoiding the cold – they can literally save your life. Schedule your screenings and vaccinations before you start participating in the various holiday functions that are sure to fill your schedule.

Stay Active

Never stop moving. Staying active is the best way to maintain a healthy, robust immune system that is strong enough to fight off disease. Despite the plethora of sugary sweets and eggnog, make sure you make it a point to not skip your regular workout. Your body will thank you for it!

Give yourself the gift of Healthy Living

While it’s important to maintain healthy habits especially at this critical time, they should be practiced at all times throughout the year. If you need assistance developing these habits and making a lasting change towards your overall well-being, contact Be Well 365 today to set an appointment. Give yourself the gift of healthy living in this coming new year!

:Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holidays-8/

 

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