12 Health and Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are a joyful time for most people, but the pressures of the season often bring stress, anxiety and a few unwanted pounds. I’d love to share with you the following tips for staying safe and sane this holiday season. Read carefully the following powerful tips:

    • Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Manage stress by setting realistic goals and being honest about what you can and cannot do – don’t over commit yourself and you will prevent a lot of seasonal anxiety and pressure. Organize your time by making a list and prioritizing the important activities and spread out (time-wise) commitments to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.
    • Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. If you must drink, do so conservatively, limit yourself to one or two drinks interspersed with non-alcoholic beverages and food over a period of time.
    • Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so be careful to never leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Make sure fire and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and are in working order.
    • Holiday trees are grown as a sustainable crop; in fact, 1 acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen to support 18 people, and provides habitats for birds and wildlife. Buying an artificial tree isn’t a better choice, since most faux foliage is made from earth-toxic PVC. The very best thing you can do is buy a live tree with a root ball. Live trees can be found at most nurseries and some tree lots. When you’re done with it, plant the tree in your garden. This requires some forethought, particularly in colder climates where you’ll need to break up the ground for planting before it freezes; you’ll also need to keep a live tree moist, and indoors for no longer than a week. If that’s not possible, purchase your cut tree from a tree farm that shuns pesticides and chemicals.
    • Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
    • Eat healthy and get moving. Eat plenty of right for your type fruits and vegetables. Limit your portion sizes and avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.
    • Some typical holiday plants can be toxic to people and animals when ingested. Keep pets and young children away from poinsettia, mistletoe and holly berries.
    • Leave “yesteryear” in the past and look toward the future. Life brings changes. Each season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don’t set yourself up by comparing today with the “good ol’ days.”
    • Do something for someone else – volunteer some time to help others or donate to a food pantry. Across America, families are struggling financially and the need for food and small gifts for children is staggering.
    • Prevent money problems—don’t create them. Give gifts of time and yourself, or pull names for gift exchanges. Enjoy activities that are free, such as driving around to look at holiday decorations; going window shopping without buying; making a snowperson with children.
    • Don’t Forget the Elderly! Younger family members should try to involve their elders in holiday preparations and make them feel an important part of the family during the holiday season.


MOST IMPORTANTLY…

  • Give Thanks. Take a moment to appreciate all that you have. Reflect on your favorite people or the pleasures of the day. Celebrate the moment.