Staying Safe and Healthy for Christmas
It's the 21st of December; where has the month gone?! This week is full of excitement and anticipation as Christmas inches closer and closer. A couple of things things we can do this week to make Christmas more enjoyable is by being safe and healthy. Listed below are some ideas on how to take care of ourselves throughout the week and into the holiday.
Safety on the Road: There will be more cars on the road this week filled with last minute shoppers, families and friends out and about, and travelers coming and going for the holiday. Add in the possibility of snow and the roads may not be your favorite place this week. Drive carefully, be courteous to other drivers and plan for extra time so you are not rushing to your destination. If you are leaving town, make sure your car is ready: the lights work, windshield wipers and tires are in good shape, you have plenty of oil and gas. Check road conditions and always travel with an emergency kit. If you are attending a celebration where alcohol is involved, remember to drink in moderation and, if necessary, plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
Fire Safety: Fires are all too common during the holiday season caused by Christmas lights, Christmas trees, candles, and accidents in the kitchen. Inspect Christmas lights for frayed wires. Make sure to water your tree daily; a dry tree can quickly become a danger. Keep candles away from anything flammable; make sure they are in a sturdy holder and do not leave candles unattended. When cooking, stay in the kitchen and minimize distractions. Keep decorations away from your range. Keep a lid near by if cooking with grease.
COVID-19 and Christmas: Sadly, COVID-19 will not be taking the holidays off this year. Although a vaccination is now being administered to a select few, it is still a cause of concern as cases continue to rise throughout the general public. Please keep COVID-19 in your holiday plans: stay home and away from others if you feel sick, social distance when possible, mask up and keep gatherings small. Click on this CDC link to read the holiday recommendations.
Stress and the Holidays: Holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but they can also be a very stressful time. Make sure to make time for yourself to unwind and relax. Make a schedule: plan when you want your shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc. accomplished. Be realistic, especially with COVID-19, that this year's celebration may look different than in the past; the holiday experience will be more enjoyable if you do not try to reach some unattainable ideal of a perfect holiday season. Refer back to the blog from 11/1/2020 for more reading on a stress free holiday.
Eating Healthy: One of the best things about the holidays is the food. And, there is no harm in letting ourselves indulge and enjoy some of our favorite goodies during this time of year. However, it is also not a good idea to have a free for all and eat everything in sight because it is the holidays. Also, don't ruin your holidays with guilt and shame for "ruining your diet." There is a lot of advice online for eating healthy during this time of year. Some of the ones I find the most helpful are: don't skip meals, don't skip the fruits and vegetables, take small serving sizes, stay hydrated, spend more time socializing, and don't forget your workouts.
On behalf of the Logan Family Center: Have a very Merry Christmas