Farmington, CT (November 16, 2017) – The holiday season schedule is packed with events, family, and of course, food. With so much going on, it can be easy to neglect our health and safety and to become distracted or stressed during this busy time. Before the holiday season rings in, heed these tips for a healthy and happy time for all.
- 1. Hand over the keys.
Never drive under the influence. The CDC reports that 28 people in the U.S. die every day in vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Drinking and driving is dangerous to everyone on the road; not just the driver. If you do plan on drinking, have a designated driver, taxi, or ride share service get you home safely after a night of celebration.
- 2. Buckle up.
The holiday hustle and bustle can put more people behind the wheel. With more drivers on the road, combined with less than favorable road conditions, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up, no matter how short of the journey.
- 3. Fire prevention.
During the winter season, people tend to cook more and try to keep warm, which can cause an increase in residential fires. Make sure to never leave fireplaces, candles, or space heaters unattended. Also remember to regularly water any plants, such as decorated trees, as these can dry up quickly and pose a dangerous fire threat.
- 4. Food prep.
Read all packaging and make sure your food is prepared safely. Always wash your hands and any surfaces the food has touched, prepare the food at the appropriate temperatures, and quickly refrigerate any foods that are sitting out.
- 5. Wash your hands.
Germs are everywhere, especially during flu season. To prevent spreading germs, wash your hands often. It is recommended to wash for at least 20 seconds to be sure they are adequately clean, scrubbing under fingernails and between your fingers.
- 6. Bundle up.
As the weather changes to brisker temperatures and inclement weather, layer up and stay dry. Wear warm layers, scarves, and hats to keep warm.
- 7. Schedule your checkups.
Make an appointment with your family physician or doctor to make sure you get all of the necessary exams and health screening you may need during the winter season. Try scheduling these appointments early, as the end of the year can be busy for most offices.
- 8. Get your flu shot.
While you’re visiting your healthcare provider, ask for more information about the flu shot. Flu season is in full effect and you don’t want to miss work or valuable family time due to illness.
- 9. Take care of yourself.
With the temptation to eat all of the passed sweets and comfort foods, don’t forget to mix in fruits and vegetables to keep a healthy balance. Limit your consumption of foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Don’t forget to be active! Keep exercise a priority during this busy season and be active for a least 2.5 hours a week. Try taking a walk with the family after a big meal.
- 10. Manage your stress.
The holidays may be a joyous time, but can also add on stress. Monitor your stress levels and if they start to peak, take a break before you get too overwhelmed. Seek support from friends and loved ones if it gets too hard to manage alone.
Christina Rehbein, MBA – Marketing and Communications Specialist, Envolve PeopleCare