Lifestyle, Recommendations

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

By: Aria Gray MPH: Maternal and Child Health candidate 2017

As the song goes… “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but is it? The holiday season is a wonderful time to enjoy time with friends and family, but it can also be a stressful time. Airports are crowded and you may be exposed to more people (and germs) than you are used to. I often forget to take care of myself and end each holiday season with a very memorable cold, and this year it is my goal to be as mindful as possible. It is also important to take care of not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

Below are some important tips to remember to have a healthy holiday season.

Holiday Health Tips

  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay warm
  • Manage stress
  • Travel safely
  • Handle and prepare food safely
  • Eat healthy
  • Be active

How to handle holiday stress

  • Take time for yourself
  • Volunteer
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Remember what is important
  • Seek support

What will you be doing to have a healthy holiday season this year?

  • shaunala

    I love the tip about having realistic expectations. I feel like every year I think it should be somehow better than the last or that my family will have miraculously changed for the better. Each year I inevitably end up disappointed by my families judgmental ways or selfish actions. This year, I'm trying not to expect anything, but appreciate people for just being who they are. Everyone has some "good" in them and I'm pushing myself to see that more and ignore all the obvious negativity. Why is it so easy to see people's faults, but we have to work at seeing their strengths? Nevertheless, my goal is to give people the benefit of the doubt and focus on positivity. Thanks for the great post Aria; the timing is very appropriate. Happy Thanksgiving!