7 Ways to Have a Holly Jolly Holiday

7 Ways to Have a Holly Jolly Holiday

Introduction

The holidays are often dubbed ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’  However, it can also become one of the most chaotic periods. People juggle year-end work or school projects, engage in last-minute shopping quests for that perfect gift, and face an upsurge in family commitments. Amidst these added responsibilities, we sometimes tend to neglect our own health and well-being in an effort to make the most of our time. Here are some valuable tips to help you prioritize and maintain your health during this busy holiday season.

 

Wash Your Hands (“ya filthy animal”)

Frequent handwashing not only protects you from illness, but also plays a significant role in preventing the spread of infections to others. Research has demonstrated that practicing proper hand hygiene can lead to a 16-21% reduction in the risk of respiratory illnesses within the general population. Although soap and water remain the preferred method for handwashing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content are also highly effective.

 

Stay Home if You are Sick

Health Canada strongly recommends that if you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home and minimize contact with others. Staying home not only aids in safeguarding the health of those around you, but also provides you with the necessary time to recover. It is advised not to return to work or school until at least 24 hours after respiratory symptoms and fever have begun to subside, and 48 hours after symptoms of a gastrointestinal illness have resolved. This approach helps prevent the spread of illness and ensures your own well-being.

 

Stay Up to Date on Your Vaccinations and Health Screening

Remaining current with your routine health screenings and vaccinations is essential for disease prevention and can make a significant difference in saving lives. Consult your primary healthcare provider to determine which exams, vaccines, and health screenings you may be due for. Whether it’s a flu shot, an annual check-up, or an updated tetanus vaccination, which is recommended every 10 years, these measures can go a long way in protecting your health and well-being.

 

Do it in Your Sleeve

As per the guidance from the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), taking measures to prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses is crucial. Germs can be easily transmitted through actions such as coughing, sneezing, or even talking. To effectively stop the spread of germs, follow these steps:

  1. Cover your Mouth and Nose: When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your elbow (do it in your sleeve) to cover up your mouth and nose. This prevents respiratory droplets from being released into the air.
  2. Dispose of Used Tissues: After using a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, dispose of it in the garbage immediately. Do not leave used tissues lying around.
  3. Wash Your Hands: After coughing, sneezing, or handling used tissues, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This practice is important for removing germs from your hands and preventing their transmission to surfaces and other people.

By following these simple steps, you can help play a vital role in reducing the spread of germs and protecting both yourself and those around you from respiratory illnesses.

 

Stay Healthy and Hydrated

The holiday season typically brings an array of family gatherings and a feast of delectable dishes. With travel and numerous social engagements, it’s easy for our daily routines to get disrupted. Therefore, it’s crucial to be mindful of how and how much we fill our plates. Here are some tips for maintaining a balanced approach to holiday eating:

  1. Portion control: If you’re eyeing a visit to the dessert table, consider reducing your carb intake during the main meal. This can help you enjoy your favourite sweets without overindulging.
  2. Eat Mindfully: Savour each bite and eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full. Eating at a slower pace can help to prevent overeating.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Don’t forget to maintain your water intake to prevent dehydration. Sometimes, our bodies mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well-hydrated can help you make better food choices.
  4. Moderation is Key: Enjoy your holiday treats in moderation. It’s possible to indulge without going overboard. Choose your favourites and savour them.

By following these guidelines, you can strike a balance between indulging in festive delights and maintaining your health and well-being.

 

Manage Stress

During this holiday season, it is vital to carve out moments for relaxation and self-care. The fast pace of this time of year can be overwhelming, so consider these strategies to unwind and create a peaceful atmosphere:

  1. Set the Right Environment: Create a soothing ambiance by dimming the lights, playing calm music, and lighting scented candles or incense. This can instantly set a relaxing mood.
  2. Take a Breather: Step away from the chaos, find a quiet space, and take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing exercises can help relieve stress and promote a sense of calm.
  3. Enjoy Nature: If possible, spend time outdoors to connect with nature. A walk in the park or simply sitting in your garden can be rejuvenating.
  4. Meditation and Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness or meditation techniques to clear your mind and focus on the present moment.
  5. It’s Okay to Say No: The holidays can bring about conflicting obligations. It is okay to prioritize and simplify. Prioritize what brings joy and emotional recharge and simplify when you can.

 

Sleep

Sleep is undeniably vital for both physical and mental health. As adults, it’s recommended to get at least 7 hours of high-quality sleep each night. Here are some healthy sleep habits that can significantly improve the quality of your sleep:

  1. Consistent Sleep Schedule: Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This helps to regulate your body’s clock.
  2. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment: Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. This means minimal noise, dark, and comfortable temperature.
  3. Limit Exposure to Screens: The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your sleep. Avoid screens (phones, computers, TVs) for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime.
  4. Relaxation Routine: Develop a pre-sleep routine to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. This could include reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mediation.

Prioritizing these healthy sleep habits can lead to an improved sleep quality, which can in turn positively impact your overall physical and mental health.

 

Conclusion

As the holiday season approaches and our plans take shape, it’s essential to find your rhythm and enjoy this special time. Take moments to savour your favourite flavours, relish the joy of movement, find delight in the little things, and remember that a little balance is all you need for a holly jolly holiday season.

 

Sources

www.bccdc.ca

www.cdc.gov

www.psychiatry.org

www.canada.com



Author: Laura Noble
Meet Laura! Laura specializes in facility and organizational development. Her expertise has been within the sports field, as she attained her Masters of Sport Management along with her MBA in Management. Laura’s academic background has assisted her to master legal, ethical, financial, marketing, public relations, human resources, and general business principles. Being a former college athlete, her passion, dedication and competitive characteristics transition flawlessly into her professional career.

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