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7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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7 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The winter holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, amidst the festivities, it's easy to overlook our health. From indulging in rich foods to skimping on sleep and exercise, our wellness often takes a back seat. This year, let's change that narrative. Here are seven practical tips to help you stay healthy and enjoy the holiday season.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations are a critical line of defense against diseases, especially during winter when influenza and other respiratory illnesses are widespread. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot before the end of October, as it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body. If you haven't gotten yours yet, it's not too late. Also, ensure your other vaccinations are up-to-date.

Manage Stress

The holiday season can be stressful with all the shopping, planning, and socializing. While a certain level of stress is normal, chronic stress can take a toll on your health. Make sure to take time for relaxation and self-care. Simple techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help reduce stress levels. Also, remember that it's okay to say no. You don't have to attend every event or meet every demand.

Prepare Food Safely

Holiday meals are a big part of the festivities, but foodborne illnesses can spoil the fun. Practice safe food handling to avoid food poisoning. Wash your hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination between raw meat and other foods, cook foods to the right temperature, and refrigerate leftovers promptly.

Stay Active

With the cold weather and tempting treats, it's easy to become sedentary during the holiday season. Try to maintain your regular exercise routine as much as possible. Even a brisk walk after dinner can help you stay active and burn extra calories. Plus, exercise is a great stress reliever.

Maintain Healthy Sleep Habits

Late-night parties and travel can disrupt your sleep schedule. But lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you're finding it hard to get enough sleep at night, a short nap during the day can also help.

Practice Good Hygiene

Frequent handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before meals and after using the restroom. If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer.

Stay Hydrated

Amid all the hot cocoa and eggnog, don't forget to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps boost your immune system, keeps your skin healthy, and aids digestion.

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