You no doubt know of someone who says they always get sick during the winter holidays. You may even be that person yourself.
People tend to travel more during the holiday season and traveling on a plane often feels cramped and germy.
Stress can also contribute to an increased likelihood of catching something this time of year. Yet you aren't powerless! There are several ways to stay healthy and active during the holiday season.
Read on for five healthy tips that will get you through all those parties and gatherings at the end of the year.
1. Wash Your Hands
You just got off the plane and are hungry. But before you hit the food court, visit the bathroom and wash your hands.
We all know that we should wash our hands before we eat every time, obviously. But holiday hygiene requires you to step up the hand-washing a bit more and make it a priority.
Soap and water is best. But if those aren't available, hand sanitizer will do in a pinch. Keep some in your purse or pocket this winter.
Germs spread easily. You won't kill them all with hand-washing, but you'll still be helping yourself and others.
2. Limit Alcohol
Sure, the holidays are an ideal time to celebrate. But don't celebrate with too much booze.
Alcohol can dehydrate you. If you're dehydrated, you may be more susceptible to whatever bug or virus is going around.
If you want to start the night off with a glass of eggnog, go ahead. But follow up with a tall glass of water afterward and after each adult beverage, you enjoy. Here’s a toast to water for your holiday health.
3. Get a Flu Shot
The Centers for Disease Control suggests getting a flu shot before October ends. But you can still get one in November and December.
It will take a couple of weeks for the flu shot to become effective. But if you get it now, it'll be working by the time your company's annual holiday party rolls around.
Remember, a flu shot isn't only about protecting yourself. You're also contributing to herd immunity and protecting both the elderly and the very young.
4. Be Careful with Leftovers
You've just had a holiday feast. You're tired and want to go to bed. You can leave the food out overnight, right?
Wrong. That's very dangerous from a food safety standpoint. Leftovers should go in the fridge as soon as you're done.
Also, avoid eating leftovers for breakfast the next day. If you indulge too much, you'll feel miserable.
Try to eat like normal for most of the holiday season.
5. Skip An Event or Two
Look at your calendar before things get too hectic. If you have holiday events three or four nights in a row, consider skipping at least one of them.
Sure, the holidays are about catching up with loved ones. But you don't have to burn yourself out to do that.
Plan a few quiet nights at home. Watch a movie. Go for a walk.
Do what you must to recharge before the next event.
A Healthy and Active Holiday
The above health guide will go a long way towards ensuring a healthy and active holiday. In order to take your part in keeping your family and friends healthy, be mindful if you are feeling under the weather or suspect you may be catching something. Be sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or, if that isn’t available, the next best option is to use the crook of your elbow - this way your hands are clean and you aren’t spreading germs through touch.
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