Staying Healthy; Tips to remain healthy so you can enjoy the holidays
The holidays are a wonderful time for family, friends and celebrations, but make sure you are taking care of yourself. Winter can take a toll on your physical and mental health, even during the festivities.
So what can you do to stay healthy through the holidays?
There's no doubt when the temperatures start dropping, it's a great time for hot cocoa or hot cider, but always make sure you're getting your daily intake of water. While hot beverages can be great for warmth, remember to keep it balanced with at least 8 cups of water per day. A glass of water with and between each meal can keep you hydrated, healthy and ready to fight off any germs winter may bring.
Don't roll your eyes...I know this is HARD. Over the top holiday excursions can be stressful, which isn't how you should feel in this joyful season. Focus on your holiday traditions and don't worry about the rest. Make time for friends, family and good cheer, and embrace relaxation when you can.
Don't skip sleep
Don't neglect the value of sleep. Do all that you can to stick to your typical sleep schedule, even around all the celebrations and traveling. Avoid or limit caffeine, alcohol and large meals before bed. These factors can interfere with a good nights rest.
Remember headwear that fully covers your ears, wear mittens rather than gloves and pull on well-insulated socks when dressing for the weather. Instead of wearing one big coat, dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing. This will better protect you against wind, snow and rain.
Limit time in the cold
Pay attention to weather forecasts and windchill readings. Dress accordingly, but also watch for signs of frostbite, such as red or pale skin, prickling and numbness. Seek emergency help right away if you experience any signs of hypothermia, including intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination or fatigue. It's a great idea to keep a small shovel in the trunk of your car in case it snows or you get stuck, extra pair of gloves and hat, a warm blanket, water bottles and some non perishable snacks such as granola bars or peanuts.
Cold air sometimes can discourage you from keeping up with your fitness routines. It's easy to let these habits slide for the season, but remember that regular activity can keep you healthy, both mentally and physically. Choose an indoor exercise if the temperature is too low or the windchill is extreme. There are so many workout apps or online exercise programs to get you moving inside. If you prefer to exercise outside, make sure to dress appropriately. Too many layers can make your overheat, so choose layers you can easily remove.
Keep the germs away
Easier said than done, right?!? As a nurse and Mom...the best advice is to continuously wash your hands. This is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading common winter illnesses, such as colds, flu and Covid. Germs accumulate through nearly everything you do or touch, so wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing all surfaces and rinsing well. If you're like me, due to all the handwashing your hands will get chapped so be sure to use a moisturizer primarily on the top of your hands.
Hopefully if you can implement some of these tips into your routine, you and your loved ones will remain healthy. Wishing you all a healthy and happy holiday season!