The holidays can bring joy and good cheer. However, with the high demands and expectations of the season, it can also put anyone at risk of getting sick. But you can still stay healthy during the holidays if you know what preventive measures to take. Here are simple tips and tricks on how to stay healthy this holiday season.
Wash your hands. During the holidays, viruses get spread from person to person because of close contact. Imagine people in the mall touching the same surfaces after wiping their noses; not a pretty picture right? To avoid germ invasion, practice frequent hand washing. Wash and soap hands thoroughly for 20 seconds and concentrate on areas between fingers and under the nails. Use hand sanitizers if necessary.
Drink water. Keeping yourself hydrated is a good way of protecting yourself from getting sick. Drink a lot of safe water and limit your intake of alcoholic drinks. If you must drink over the holidays, remember to alternate an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one. Drinking on an empty stomach is also a no-no. There are great herbal teas you can take to help detoxify the liver, especially after nights of partying and alcohol drinking.
Eat a healthy diet. Treats, sweets, high-calorie party foods—they’re everywhere you look! It’s easy to get carried away with all the chocolate puddings and shortbread, but remember not to let the holiday season make you forget about your healthy diet choices. To avoid overindulgence, take a healthy snack before leaving for a party so as to limit your intake of unhealthy food.
Stay full, not stuffed. Recognize the time to stop. Instead of gobbling up loads of food for the next hour, listen to your body and stop eating and drinking when you’re full. Give your body time to digest.
Exercise and get moving. Exercise is vital for an individual the whole year through, especially during the holiday season. Why? Exercise is a great way of reducing stress and releasing unwanted toxins (and pounds) from the body. Furthermore, research shows that physical activity also puts you in a good mood. So get out of that chair and get moving! Sweat out the extra calories and have fun outdoors!
Get enough sleep. Inasmuch as you would want to attend every party and catch up with all your friends, remember that you need time to rest and sleep, too. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a day this holiday season for a healthy body. Create a relaxing spa experience at home or read a good book and get to bed early. If you feel tired in the morning, take a few moments to do relaxation breathing techniques.
Plan things ahead. For sure, the holidays are busy, busy times. To avoid stress and possible weakening of your immune system, make a schedule of events beforehand. Once you know what things to do, you won’t be stressed that much.
Have a healthy and happy holiday season!