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Have a Healthy Holiday With These Tips

By Brandi Goodman 

A healthy holiday should be on everyone's goal list. It's easy to become ill during the holiday season when stress is at an all-time high and everyone is in close proximity. Consider a few tips and you can experience a healthy holiday that's enjoyable and free from sickness.

Gift Health-Related Items

Skip the common toys and games and gift health-related items instead. Giving people gifts related to health can help point them in the right direction. They'll be more likely to give it a try when they otherwise might not have. A healthy cookbook is a great option.

Wash Your Hands Often

You need to wash your hands frequently if you hope to ward off germs. If you plan on throwing a holiday party then keep your bathroom stocked with soap so everyone can wash. Check back often to ensure the hand towel is dry. A wet towel turns people off and makes them more likely to just pat them on their dirty (but dry) pants without thinking.

Get Enough Sleep

The stress of the season can sometimes impact your sleep. Getting no sleep can lead to a poorly-functioning immune system. You'll be more likely to get sick. Get enough sleep throughout the holiday months so you can be sure this doesn't happen. Deal with your stress by getting enough exercise, finding time for yourself, and keeping your to-do list small. Maintain your bedtime routine as well so sleep is easier to come by.

Use a Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer is important to use any time you cook, but especially during the holidays. People are likely to cook for large groups of people when they plan holiday parties and family get-togethers. Serving undercooked meat can get everyone sick. Make sure you're using a meat thermometer and preparing and cooking all of your foods safely so no one ends up ill because of it.

Choose Safe Toys

Safe Toys and Gifts Month is observed in December for good reason. Too many people pick any old toy off the shelf that they think kids would like. Many don't ensure the toys are free from defects, have no parts that could harm the eyes, and are overall safe to use for the intended age. Gift appropriate toys for the child's age and be sure it's not something that can hurt them.

A few tips are all it takes to have a healthier holiday season than usual. You don't want to get sick or let stress take over. Do what you can to make the most of your holiday season and avoid the unhealthy aspects that sometimes accompany it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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