The holiday season means checking things off on your "to-do" list as you plan a memorable holiday season for you and your family. But none of us plan on getting stressed out during this hectic time of the year. That's why Summit Medical Group reminds you that the most important item on your "to-do" list should be:
"Take care of myself."
Taking care of your mind, body, and spirit will help keep you feeling balanced during the most stressful moments of this holiday season, with Christmas right around the corner. Pay special attention to your health and wellness as you cross to-dos off your list with these tips:
- Get enough sleep: 7-8 hours per night.
- Plan and stick to a budget.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Simplify gift giving.
- Consume less alcohol and sugar.
- Start or keep exercising.
- Avoid "toxic" people and relatives.
- Try meditation.
- Do not over-commit yourself.
It's also important not to indulge too much in your Christmas meals and sweets. It's fine to give yourself a break and eat some amazing food—but mix in healthy foods and think about smaller portions. Also, take a walk or bike ride after dinner - great for your health, clearing your head, and spending additional time with family.
Taking care of yourself protects your family, too.
Injury prevention matters not just on the holidays but year-round, too. It's very easy to overlook safety precautions when we're crossing "to-do's" off our lists as we rush about and plan, plan, plan. By checking in with yourself, you'll be more mindful of keeping your family safe.
Follow these holiday safety tips to help ensure the most wonderful time of the year stays that way.
- Keep the floor clear of clutter, clean, and dry so you don't slip or fall.
- Keep your light strands off the ground, too. Lights and cords on the ground pose a tripping danger and can quickly break if stepped on.
- Live Christmas trees should be kept watered. Schedule reminders to prevent them from drying out. Don't place Christmas trees, decorations, or gifts near fireplaces or other sources of heat.
- Turn off all decorations and lighting - inside and outside - before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Don't overload circuits or use too many extension cords to avoid fire hazards. Check your smoke detectors and change batteries, if needed.
- Use holiday lighting only as directed. If lights are meant for indoor use, don't use them outside! This can expose them to moisture and cause electrocution, damage to property, and injury or death.
- If climbing a ladder, wear shoes or boots with non-slip soles. Also, make sure the ladder is the correct height for what you're doing and that it doesn't wobble. Take your time and avoid overreaching.
- Keep pets and small children away from holiday decorations — especially those that use electricity or pose a choking hazard.
- Check the batteries in the smoke alarms and never leave lighted candles unattended.
If you plan on traveling during the holidays, here are some additional safety tips:
- If you must stop at night, park in a well-lit area.
- Carry your car keys in your hand and stay alert to your surroundings.
- Beware of excess alcohol consumption; don't drive if you have been drinking.
- Keep in mind the possibility of food poisoning from holiday meals or treats.
Following these simple guidelines will help ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season.
From all of us at Summit Medical Group: Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!