How to Listen to Your Body and Stay Healthy During the Holidays
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How to Listen to Your Body and Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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For most Americans the holidays are a mixed bag of fun with the added stress of obligations and overspending. When you try to manage a health issue to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the last two months of the year can go from a season of anticipation to one of exasperation.

It’s never a good time for a broken bone or a bad cold, but most would agree the holiday season is one of the worst times for this. When you have a house full of guests, but your arm is in a cast or you’re limping from an ankle sprain, sharing the workload is in order. If you decide to play holiday host regardless of an injury that you’re suffering, consider lowering your stress levels by:

  • Changing the menu
  • Making it a potluck
  • Hiring extra help
  • Calling a decorating service
  • Lowering your expectations

If you contract COVID-19 or the flu, which involve airborne contagions, it’s best to cancel your party or dinner plans. Most people want to stay healthy between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and it’s the responsible thing to do, in order to protect your loved ones.

Even though many Americans successfully manage symptoms of ongoing health issues such as high blood pressure or arthritis, they require extra effort during the holidays. If it’s your first holiday season with a chronic illness, you may be struggling to participate in your favorite traditions while making necessary changes to manage the physical effects of the disease; however, it may help to:

  • Avoid isolation
  • Find ways to control symptoms
  • Develop strong social support
  • Set short-term goals
  • Develop clear communication with doctors and loved ones so expectations can be set that accommodate your issues

Although most people hope for happy holidays, there are circumstances that trigger physical problems that can rob you of your holiday cheer. Considering the needs and concerns of others you are gathering with is also as important as your own well-being. Holiday health risks that require vigilance and understanding include:

  • Influenza, colds and now COVID
  • Foods high in sugar and/or cholesterol
  • Alcohol consumption leading to health problems and physical injury
  • Mental health problems exacerbated by holiday cheer

Don’t let the busy season cause you to neglect your health checkups such as routine chiropractic care, and if symptoms arise, seek medical help as soon as possible. Be merry and focus on restoring the season to the most wonderful time of the year.

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