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Posted on 12-09-2013

Healthy Holidays!!

With the holidays here, it is a good idea to keep up with your health.  Injuries, emotional stress, changes in routine, and eating all the delicious (but bad for you) foods are common at this time of year.  Here are some tips for making these holidays healthy and hopefully pain free and maybe even a little stress free!

For many people, there is an increase risk of injuring themselves this time of year.  Activities like lifting the Christmas tree, hanging lights, carrying boxes up and down stairs, shopping, and even baking cookies can lead to injuries.

If you are doing any decorating, get some help.  It is always a good idea to have a second set of hands when carrying that tree into the house.  When you use a ladder, have someone stand behind you, in case of a fall.

Stress is very common this time of year and it should not be taken lightly.  High levels of stress can lead to muscle tension, fatigue, and distraction.  It is a good idea to start preparing early for the holidays.  Getting things done ahead of time can make a difference.  Sometimes there just isn't enough time to do it all.  So it is a good idea to ask yourself,  "What is most important to do today?" and concentrate on that.  Don't overwhelm yourself.  Take some time for yourself, maybe try a yoga class.

I think we all tend to eat a lot of the richer foods this time of year.  It is difficult when we are attending different functions and parties not to go for those sweets and treats.  Try to limit as much as possible.  When not celebrating, try sticking with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Refined sugars and processed foods can lead to bloating, increased fatigue, and increased stress on your body and immune function.

If you are shopping try to take a bottle of water and a small snack with you. This will keep you hydrated and stop you from grabbing quick unhealthy choices or overeating when you return home.  Be careful of carrying too many packages.  It is better to take a trip to put some in the car, rather than feel strain later.

This time of year, we see so many people getting sick, because they get run down.  Everything is go, go, go, go.  Take some time to relax -- SLEEP!  It is important to get a good night's rest.  Eating healthy and washing your hands frequently can help to avoid colds and flu.  If you are not eating healthy, try some supplements.  Some great immune boosting supplements, can help you keep your immune function strong.

If you use precaution and make healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of injury, illness, or having more stress than you can handle.  Remember, we are always here at Quiet Corner if you happen get yourself into trouble or want advice on immune boosting supplements.  Hopefully, by thinking of your health first, you can help yourself and your family healthy and enjoy the holidays worry-free!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Melissa Tobin

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