Staying Healthy During the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, there’s exciting activities and family visits to look forward to. But amid the hustle and bustle, the stress and the food, it can be all too easy to over do it, resulting in illness or injury. Keep your home safe, happy and healthy by following these six tips in your home this holiday season:

1. Wash your hands

It sounds simple, but hand washing is your first line of defense against germs. Create healthy habits for your family by instituting a hand-washing rule when you get home from an outing and before each meal. By simply following the techniques listed by the CDC, you’ll ensure a healthier home for everyone.

2. Food awareness

In addition to following the proper food safety guidelines listed by the FDA, you should try to keep the focus on holiday togetherness rather than food. Grazing and snacking along with overeating become common symptoms of holiday eating, so be intentional and aware about the food you consume. Be sure to eat at regular intervals to avoid overindulging later on, and allow yourself some indulgences while saying no to the rest. By keeping the focus on fun, not food, you’ll be less likely to overdo it.

3. Stay active

Our bodies need movement regardless of the weather, so find ways to stay active this holiday season. Sedentary winter months and holiday overeating combine to make a very regretful New Year’s Day, so make a plan to stay active this season. Whether it’s planning a quick trip to the gym amid your celebrations or scheduling a family basketball game, do what you enjoy that keeps your body moving.

4. Clear the air and home

With presents, wrappings, and parties, the amount of trash and waste get high. In fact, Americans generate an additional 5 million tons of waste during the holidays, so use this creative EPA guide to cut down on waste this year.

5. Manage stress

Travel, extra spending, and a lack of sunshine are just some factors that can add up for holiday stress. Schedule in some daily meditation or mindfulness exercises to keep your mental health on track during the busy winter months. For additional stress management tips, Mayo Clinic offers some great ways to plan a low-stress holiday.

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