For Your Better Health – December 2017

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Happy December! As we welcome the holidays, here are some great tips for staying happy and healthy during the season:

  • Eat well. It’s common to pack on the pounds during the holiday season. Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation.
  • Stay active. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year.
  • Check your heating system. Ensure your heating works and is safe. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Install a carbon monoxide detector and test it once a month.
  • De-stress. Holidays can be a stressful time. You may be working, and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. 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.
  • Help others. Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.
  • Treat yourself. The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something over the holidays!