Christmas Health Tips

The holiday season is fast approaching, and along with food and festivities come some specific health concerns. Make sure your Andover holidays include health in your happiness. Just like the 12 days til Christmas, we’ve collected 12 tips to help you have the best holiday ever.

1. Spend Wisely

It seems simple to say, but unless you find the Irish Lotto winning numbers it can be easy to overspend during the holiday season. Money issues are a regular cause of stress. And stress is dangerous. You don’t want your finances to lead to dire health issues such as heart attack or stress. Instead, make a budget and try to stick to it. Cook an extra meal at home instead of eating sweets on the go. Chances are you won’t miss that ultra-deluxe gift and will be happier in the New Year with a few extra dollars instead.

2. Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

It may seem like a temporary thing, but the evidence is showing that holiday weight gain is here to stay. Instead of a temporary bump, you’ll like to work towards and extra long-term stone. Avoid the temptation to overindulge in sweets and rich dishes.

3. Dress for Success

In your effort to avoid overeating, don’t make it so easy to indulge. There are many simple strategies to support you in your efforts, from meal prep to smart snacking. Another simple idea is to wear clothing that is a bit more fitting. While baggy clothes can make it easy to eat too much and gain a distended stomach, slightly tighter wear will keep your waistline in mind as you consume.

4. Go Smoke-Free

As tempting as it may be, try to keep the smoke to lovely fires, not for cigarettes or pipes. In an already high-stress time, tobacco and nicotine can limit your ability to fight off illness while also having a detrimental effect on your blood pressure.

5. Be Safe When Handling the Heat

And while chimney fires are nice, remember your basic safety around hot areas and appliances. Burns during food preparation and revelry are all too common during the holidays. Loads of extra people and fancy dishes can quickly make your cooks overwhelmed. Be aware of bubbling pots, add safety screens around small children, and avoiding bumping others in crowded spaces to avoid painful burns.

6. Don’t Avoid the Doctors

While it might be the holiday season, your health shouldn’t have to wait. Plan ahead as much as possible to make scheduling easier, but don’t avoid a much-needed exam or consult simply because of the season. Early interventions on health will pay in the long run, so don’t wait.

7. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands well and often. Cold and flu season coincide with many holidays and you don’t want to be stuck in bed. Remember to wash your hands well after shopping for gifts or attending holiday parties. Practice excellent hygiene at home too.

8. Choose to Drink or Drive

Don’t let your holiday parties get out of hand. If you plan to have that extra drink, consider leaving the car behind. Drinking and driving is a leading cause of death on Irish roads. While you might feel fine, you could pose a danger to yourself and others if you consume enough to become impaired. Don’t drink and drive.

9. Fasten Your Seatbelt

When you are riding in the car, remember that others may also be rushing or leaving a holiday party. Be sure to fasten your seatbelt and use safe car seats for the little ones.

10. Chew your Food

It may sound silly, but in the United States alone, thousands of people die each year from choking. Don’t let the holiday chaos distract you. Instead, take a moment to chew before chatting. In addition to being safer, it’s quite polite too.

11. Don’t Skimp on the Fridge

Even if holiday food has filled your fridge, don’t skimp on safe proper food storage. The last thing you want is a bunch of guests with food poisoning. Don’t thaw raw meat in hot water, and refrigerate items after preparation.

12. Decorate with Safety in Mind

Some holiday plants can be poisonous if eaten. Protect your children and pets, and that silly cousin too by being aware of items such as mistletoe which can be a danger if consumed.

This holiday season is set to be the best one yet. Follow these tips and have a happy, healthy holiday.

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