Its that time of year again! Colder temperatures, gatherings with friends and family, holiday shopping in an out of busy stores, Christmas carols, Christmas cookies, Santa and GERMS. Its seems like this time of year no matter what, someone in your circle comes down with a nasty cold or flu! Take care of yourself and your family this year with some simple tips for staying healthy this year!
- Drink lots of water. This is true anytime, but it is even more crucial during this season!. Staying hydrated and giving your body what it needs to work properly will help reduce the chances of getting sick.
- Work out! I know it’s hard during this season since most people are exhausted from running around getting gifts, having family over, etc. But it is so important to keep a routine. Even if it’s a 30 minute walk everyday, this will help with stress relief and allow you to still have your holiday faves without the guilt.
- Wash your hands. We all know this, but with family coming and going in and out of your house, shopping and touching merchandise and door handles - we forget how easily germs can spread! Try washing your hands anytime you leave certain areas such as living rooms and kitchens or keep a hand sanitizer in your car or on your keychain for a quick sanitize on the go.
- Limit days you veer off of your typical eating patterns. This one might be the hardest to do! Be happy and eat as much as you would like (it’s still the holidays, don't make yourself miserable!), but also try not to eat heavy meals very late at night and avoid foods that you know mess with your digestion. This can cause stomach aches the following day, which is always such a drag. Try eating your heavy meals a little earlier and maybe a snack later.
- Sleep Sleep Sleep! Little sleep can cause stress. If you are having difficulty falling asleep try turning off all electronics a couple hours before bed. This will help you produce melatonin which does not happen when you are surrounded by blue light from electronics. Can't sleep? Take some time to rest and recharge by taking a warm bath, reading a book, anything to help you relax and feel your best!
- Stay Dry and Warm! When going outdoors try layering up, even if you do not feel cold at the moment. Carry a change of clothes (socks especially!) for you or your kids (especially your kids - let's be honest) in case someone gets wet stepping in puddles or the snow (even though you asked them not to like 1000 times).
- Diffuse! Certain essential oil blends are said to help boost your immune system (think Thieves or Onguard). Diffuse them in your home or keep them with you to use on a diffuser bracelet. Their sweet and spicy aroma is an added holiday bonus!
Comment below which of these you will adapt to your routine or anything you would add to this list