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Holidays and Your Health- 10 tips

October 15, 2014

 

 

  1. Cold Air

With the weather turning cooler, many people with respiratory disorders notice that they have problems with cold air. If you have asthma, COPD or other respiratory illnesses, you may want to wear a scarf and check with your doctor about adjusting your medications. Some people also suffer from cold air induced runny nose. This is often referred to as “skier’s nose”. If this is a significant problem for you, talk to your doctor about treatment options.

 

  1. Dust

As those holiday decorations come down, so the itching, sneezing and wheezing do too. This is often related to dust and the proteins that are harbored in dust such as animal proteins, dust mites, and molds. Be sure to let decorations air out well. Clean them off thoroughly with a dust-free cloth.

 

  1. Infection

Of course, we are now well in to cold and flu season. Follow the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself from infectious diseases. Follow strict hand washing protocols, avoid crowds as much as possible and stay away from folks who are ill.

 

  1. Animals

Often, Fido and Fluffy will spend more time indoors with the cold weather. This can cause a problem for those who are allergic or otherwise sensitive to animals. Contrary to popular belief, there is no breed of dog or cat that is truly “hypoallergenic” (except for some breeds that are genetically modified). For more information on indoor allergen avoidance for animals, dust and other indoor allergens, see www.acaai.org.

 

  1. Plants

 When the temperature drops, sometimes, plants need to be moved indoors. Though most ornamental plants are not important allergens, their soil can often harbor mold spores. Also be aware that some ornamental plants are poisonous and one should proceed with caution if you have small children or pets.

 

  1. Overeating

 

Holidays are a tough time to eat healthy but by the time January rolls around, you may be regretting all of those pastries, and other goodies. Plan plenty of healthy, low calorie meals and snacks so that all of those available goodies are less tempting. Be sure to stick to your exercise regimen.

 

  1. Overdrinking

 

Holiday spirits may be flowing freely but be sure to remember, that moderation is the key. No more than one to two drinks per day with two to four alcohol free days per week are desirable. If you take medications or have other special health concerns, you may need to completely abstain from alcohol.

 

  1. Driving

 

With all of the activities going on, there are many distracted or impaired drivers on the roads. Don’t be one of them. Watch out for the typical things that impair drivers such as alcohol, medications and other substances. Make sure you are well rested and take plenty of breaks. Stay away from the cell phone when driving and obey the rules of the roads. And while you are doing all of that, be sure to watch out for the other guy who may be less responsible.

 

 

  1. Stress

 

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle-bustle of the holidays. But don’t lose sight of what the holidays are really about. Renewal, family, love, gratitude, forgiveness—not money, things, shopping, competition; take a few moments from time to time to remind yourself of what’s important and think about “downsizing” a little.

 

  1. Loneliness/Depression

 

Loneliness and depression can be a real problem during the holidays. Plan ahead and make arrangements with friends and family members for pleasant social outings. If you are far from those you love, join a local group or do the best thing—reach out to someone who is less fortunate than you. Volunteering has been shown to offer tangible health benefits and can often lift the feelings of sadness. If you are having more serious problems with depression, be sure to talk to your doctor or other professional about getting the help you need.

 

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