The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are some simple tips to help you and your family stay healthy and happy during this season of joy.

Prevent Illness and Injuries

Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Stay warm by dressing in layers and wearing proper winter attire. Sprinkle sand and salt on icy patches to help avoid injuries. Don’t forget to keep a close eye on young children and assist the elderly, who are at increased risk of falls and other injuries during this time.

Lower Your Stress Levels

De-stress! With work, family get-togethers, and the financial stress of the holidays, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others.

Travel Safely

Whether you are going down the block or across the country, make sure you travel safely. Give yourself plenty of time to allow for additional holiday traffic. Be on the lookout for reports of extreme weather and make sure to heed travel warnings.

Take Care of Yourself

The holiday season is about giving to those around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something special over the holidays. It may be something as simple as getting an extra hour of sleep. Wake up late and enjoy a day of rest; you need it. How about reading that book you’ve been meaning to for a long time, or getting a manicure or massage? Take the time to enjoy the things that make you happy, it will help make your holiday season brighter.

From everyone at Klasinski Clinic, have a safe and happy holiday season!