What are Some Wellness Tips for Black Friday Shopping?
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What are Some Wellness Tips for Black Friday Shopping?

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Tradition in the United States basically says the day after we feast on Thanksgiving, we go out shopping. That day is known as Black Friday. You’ve already been getting notifications in your inbox or even holiday catalogs in the mail. This is a big day for a lot of people and retailers. Black Friday brings people out early in the morning for a full day of shopping.

Because Black Friday shoppers are in for a long day of shopping, here are some tips to help you have a healthy shopping experience.

Before you go…

Get Enough Sleep – This tip is self-explanatory. Sleep is always good for you and making sure to get a good night sleep before you begin shopping is the way to go.

Bring Water and Snacks – Lines tend to be longer on Black Friday, so bringing water and snacks with you will help you maintain your stamina. This will also help you save time and money, which will sometimes help prevent you from snacking on unhealthier options from a nearby vending machine.

Plan your Trip – Identify the stores you want to visit before you leave, and the items you would like to buy. Make a plan and stick to it. This will help you save time, reduce stress and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

Budget – Money is always an issue. Before you head out, know how much money you can spend without breaking the bank and don’t buy unnecessary items.

Wear Comfortable Clothes – Make sure to wear weather appropriate clothes and comfortable clothes that you will be ok with wearing all day. Comfortable sneakers are always a plus. Comfortable shoes will help you walk better and prevent aching feet or injury.

Healthy Breakfast – Breakfast is always the most important meal of the day and getting a healthy breakfast on Black Friday is incredibly important. Focus on eating protein instead of carbohyrates to avoid a carb crash later in the morning. This will help you stay energized and feel good.

While shopping…

Stay Safe – Stay mindful of your surroundings and people around you. Aggressiveness tends to come out in people on Black Friday, so stay alert and keep your belongings near you. Remember we are still in a pandemic, so wear your mask and social distance from people when you can.

Eat and Stay Hydrated – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential. Crowds, heat and standing in long lines can result in fainting and other mishaps if you don’t have the proper fuel to run your body.

After shopping…

Rest and Recover – When you finish your shopping trip, make sure to get rest and enjoy a night to unwind from the long day. This includes getting a good night sleep.

Refuel – Make sure to reward yourself with a healthy meal after your shopping trip is over. This is essential to replenishing the protein and carbohydrates your body stores.

SOURCES
https://www.covenanthealth.org/healthcalling/2016/november/wellness-tips-for-black-friday/
https://www.henryford.com/blog/2016/11/healthier-black-friday
https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/slideshows/black-friday-how-to-be-healthy-and-energized?slide=4
http://blog.healthadvocate.com/2015/11/wellness-tips-for-black-friday/