Have a Healthy Holiday Season
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Stressed about the holidays? Maybe experience has taught you something viral is in store, and not the kind that propels unknown artists to stardom. Avoid illnesses that often accompany the holidays by adopting a few easy habits.
A rested body is one of the best ways to boost your immunity according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found people who slept at least eight hours every night were three times less likely to catch the common cold. Easier said than done if you're attending holiday events every night. Do yourself a favor: attend the holiday events that you must, but duck out early when possible.
Water, that is, and start early. Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up, then aim to drink 6-7 more throughout the day. Staying hydrated will not only improve digestion and help reduce appetite but will also keep every cell in your body working at its prime.
Maybe avoiding all sweets over the holidays is not feasible for everyone. However, good nutrition is important for your health, so skip the starvation diet and eat regular, balanced meals including several servings of fruits and vegetables.
Hand sanitizer is better than nothing for getting rid of germs, but you'll accomplish more with soap and water, rubbing your hands together for 20 seconds as recommended by the CDC. Making this a regular habit rids all manner of germs, and more: A study by psychologists at the University of Michigan found that the ritual of washing your hands can help you put a halt to second-guessing your decisions. This has merit not only at work but also while holiday shopping.
Just as you care for your dental hygiene by brushing your teeth every day, you should plan to care for your mental frame of mind every day. Stress relief comes in many forms, but you can target two needs with one healthy habit: regular exercise. According to medical experts, exercise contributes to general good health, and to a healthy immune system. Exercising can help release emotional tension, and a good stretch can work wonders for aching joints and muscles. Find an exercise buddy—your spouse, a family member, or friend—and encourage each other to meet your exercise goals.
You can't avoid every bug out there, but if you make these practices regular habits, you'll have a better chance at fighting off illness, and you'll feel better year round.