Ways You Forget To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

December 21, 2016  |  
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If you don’t live in a place that gets much cold weather, or even if you do live in one, but sometimes get a little lazy on your cold and flu-fighting habits, you may need a reminder of the things you can do to stay healthy during the holiday season.

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The holidays are a time of year when you probably pass through airports, stay at friend’s and family’s homes, eat at a lot of restaurants, and play in the snow. You should get to do all of these things—they’re a part of getting into the holiday spirit—but you should also take some precautions to stay healthy. Remember, coming down with a cold, flu or—even worse—bronchitis, can put a damper on all of your holiday plans. Here are ways you likely forget to stay healthy during the holidays.

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Keeping your hands warm

Your hands are one of the largest conductors of heat throughout your body. Even if you have on a heavy down jacket, long johns, and thick pants, if your hands are cold, you can still feel very cold and risk getting sick.

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Keeping your feet warm

Your feet are one of the other major conductors of warmth throughout your body. So even if it’s just to take your dog for a quick pee-pee walk, don’t wear flip flops outside on a cold day.

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Condiment bottles

These might be at the restaurant where your company is hosting a holiday party, or at the airport. Hundreds of people put their hands on the condiment bottles at restaurants—who knows if they’ve washed their hands—and then you grab them. Pick these up with a napkin or wipe.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marking your cup

If you end up at a lot of holiday parties with plastic cups, bring a sharpie in your purse and mark your cups. If you don’t, you’re bound to drink out of somebody else’s cup—somebody who has the flu.

 

 

 

 

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Don’t overdo it

This may be easier said than done, but during the holidays, everybody wants to get together for a drink, or dinner, or gift exchange. If you say yes to everything, you’ll run yourself ragged, fall behind on sleep, and get sick.

 

 

 

 

Watch the booze intake

Your office might start wine hour at your office during the holidays, just to be nice. All of your friends will give you bottles of booze as hostess gifts. It’s easy to over-imbibe around the holidays. Try to keep the drinking to the really important parties.

 

 

 

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Choose your airplane seat wisely

If you are on a seat-yourself airline, you may prioritize having the window seat, the aisle seat, or one towards the front of the plane. But you should, instead, prioritize sitting far away from the person who is coughing and sneezing.

 

 

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Stay hydrated

It can be hard to tell that you’re thirsty when it’s cold and snowy—it’s much easier when it’s hot and dry—but you still need plenty of water during the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pay for the mid-day flight

The flight that leaves at 5 am or midnight may be the cheaper flight, but if you have to take several off-hour flights during the holidays, these can take a toll on your sleep schedule, and then your health. Consider spending the extra $50 to take the flight that will allow you to get enough sleep.

 

 

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Ease up on the delivery

Nobody wants to go to the grocery store when it’s snowing outside—they’d rather just pay a delivery person to come to them! But delivered food is never nearly as healthy as the stuff you make for yourself. So layer up and drive to the store.

 

 

 

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Keep a regular sleep schedule

As the sun sets earlier, you might feel compelled to go to sleep at 8 pm. Then you wake up at 5 am, wide awake, and need a nap later when you can’t take one. Keeping a regular sleep schedule is important to boosting your immune system, fighting stress, and doing plenty of other good things for your body.

 

 

 

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Asking about food allergens

Around this time of year, coworkers are bringing baked goods into work, friends are dropping off casseroles, and you’re at three holiday parties a week. You may begin to feel high maintenance asking if the food people have lovingly made contains ingredients to which you’re allergic. But it’s silly not to ask, all so you can look low-maintenance, and put yourself at risk for an allergic reaction.

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Speaking of your coworkers’ baked goods

You may tell yourself, “It’s just one little cookie” but if you have one little cookie, three times a day, every day of the work week, you’re suddenly having 15 more cookies a week than you normally would. Try a bite of the things your co-workers bring in and get back to work.

 

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Prepare for stress

That could come from a variety of sources, depending on your life. Maybe you stress about overspending on gifts, or not visiting enough relatives. If there will be relatives you can’t see this holiday season, make a plan to see them soon and put it out of your mind. If you usually overspend, plan out your gifts this year, and research the affordable options. If you let stress take hold of you, your immune system will drop.

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Exercise

Driving through the rain or snow to the gym, finding parking, and walking to the gym in your thick winter coat is a pain in the butt. It will also keep that butt from getting very large over the holidays, so do it.

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