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  Shelby Leith   November 21, 2016   Holidays, Tips 0 Comments

4 tips for staying healthy over the holidays

Keep yourself and your family in good health this holiday season

Reduce the chances of your and your family getting sick this holiday season.The holidays are upon us once again. It’s a wonderful time to spend celebrating with family and friends, but nothing can ruin the cheery mood of the holiday season as quickly as an unexpected illness. By following these four easy tips, you can ensure that your family stays healthy and happy throughout the holidays and well into the new year!

  1. Minimize your stress.

The holidays should be a time of peace and joy, but often the hustle and bustle of the season can leave us feeling frazzled. Long lines at the mall; searching for parking at the grocery store; rushing off to dinners and school concerts; cooking large meals for the entire family – the list goes on and on. With all of the extra work this time of year, it’s no wonder that we are often left feeling tired and stressed. Stress can weaken your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness. It’s important to take a few moments out of every day to nurture yourself, find peace and calm and relish in the joy that this season can bring. Doing so will leave you feeling happier and will keep your mind and body healthier and better able to fight off sickness.

  1. Wash your hands.

Viruses are prevalent this time of year. Take the proper precautions to keep yourself healthy and your immune system strong by washing your hands. Hand-washing is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself protected. Use lots of soap and warm water and scrub your hands often. Make sure to keep unwashed hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid spreading any germs. If washing your hands is not an option while you are out, carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Being proactive and keeping your hands germ-free will keep you healthy all season long.

  1. Eat healthy and stay active.

The holiday season is a time for indulgence. We often eat more than we normally would, and the foods that we choose are usually rich and high in calories. It’s important to try to achieve some balance to ensure you are still getting all of the nutrients that you need to stay healthy. You should also include the right amount of physical activity in your day to burn off any excess calories. While a bit of overindulgence is ok, remember that the foods you eat are what fuel your body and keep you healthy. Plus, being conscious of your choices will help to reduce the amount of excess weight that you put on over the winter months.

  1. Prepare your foods properly.

Nobody wants to spend the holiday season stuck in a bathroom, sick with food poisoning. To avoid this extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous illness, it is important to prepare and store all of your holiday meals properly. Ensure that you serve all food at the correct temperature, keeping hot dishes hot and cold dishes cold. It is also important to immediately refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. Meats and sauces can quickly turn bad sitting out at room temperature.

By following these four easy tips, you and your family can have a healthy, happy holiday season filled with good tidings and joy! For more information on how to keep healthy, visit one of Velocity Care’s conveniently located walk-in clinics. Our friendly, experienced staff can assist you with all of your health care needs. We are available for you and your family throughout the holiday season.

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