If there’s anything I’ve learned about life, it’s that the saying “there are always two sides to a coin” couldn’t ring truer. In this specific case, I’m referring to the two sides of the holiday coin: cheers…and stress. For as much joy as the season brings, there’s just as much anxiety. It can be brought on by simple things like all of the parties to attend, the gifts to buy and the family members to see. It can also be brought on by bigger issues like financial burdens, seasonal affective disorders and relationship conflicts.
Whatever the case may be, our physical and mental health can take a toll during this festive time. Yet there are easy solutions to these common woes. Here are five:
When stress puts a damper on your holiday spirit
In a 2006 US-based survey, 61 per cent of respondents reported feeling often or sometimes stressed during the holidays. Whether it’s from hosting events, money worries or family conflicts, there’s a lot on our plates this time of year.
SOLUTION: Create a holiday to-do list and think about which items are the most important to you. Be realistic about what you and your family can handle and consider letting go of the lower priority items. Eating right, sleeping, exercise, and doing things you enjoy can all help you to de-stress this season.
Eating Santa’s milk and cookies (and then some)
It’s easy to get caught up in all the festive feasts, drinks and snacks. From parties to dinners and even a few casual get togethers with friends, it’s a time of celebration. Yet overeating and drinking can take a toll on our moods and our bodies.
SOLUTION: It can be as easy as saying no to certain functions and/or foods. If that’s tough, then pick and choose what you decide to treat yourself with. The holidays often come with limited edition desserts or seasonal home-cooked meals. Fill yourself with those items rather than the multitude of other options you can get any time of the year.
When your nose is as itchy as a sweater from Grandma
This season is full of unexpected allergens that can have you sniffling. Fall leaves, grandma’s cats and even mold from Christmas trees or pulling out dusty ornaments can trigger an allergic reaction.
SOLUTION: This year, make sure you have an allergy solution on hand. Consider Claritin as an option – it relieves your symptoms from dust, pets and mold.
Although we’re often on the move a lot during the holidays — gift shopping, dancing at parties and more — we often neglect to regular workouts. It’s hard to juggle everything during this season and the jubilant mood tends to negate any desires to do any sort of work.
SOLUTION: Schedule fun holiday dates at the gym, a favorite class or perhaps something different that will get the sweat flowing without it feeling like a unwanted commitment. There are tons of options these days to make exercise feel more fun and social.
When shopping is a pain in the neck (and back!)
Holiday shopping isn’t just hard on your wallet, it can be hard on your body too. All that walking can feel like a marathon. Lugging heavy bags and packages can strain your back and joints and leave your feet sore. Don’t be surprised if you wake up the day after a long shopping trip feeling like you’ve had an epic workout session.
SOLUTION: The holidays are too busy to let pain hold you back. Frequent mall walkers know the secret to comfortable toes is Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Relief Orthotics cushion and absorb shock to help evenly distribute your body weight. If it’s your back that’s bothering you, try ASPIRIN to help you get right back into action. ASPIRIN is a great multipurpose product to keep around for those pesky holiday headaches, joint pain and even fever from cold and flu.
How do you prepare for holiday season health woes?
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