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Your Halloween decorations are down and it’s time to jump headfirst into winter holiday mode.
I may not be putting up my holiday decorations yet but you can bet your bottom dollar that I am sourcing out where I stored them last year so that when the time does come we can easily take the decor from ‘Fabulous Fall’ to a ‘Winter Wonderland’. While it may seem early, get-togethers with friends and family will soon start filling up your calendar.
5 Solutions to Common Holiday Season Health Woes
Before you’re swept up in the momentum of holiday festivities, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what’s important – like family, friends, and also our health. There are many pitfalls that tend to hit us this time of year that can put our holiday bliss at risk.
Here are some common holiday health traps to watch out for and solutions to help you stay on track.
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.
This year has seemed like a whirlwind of stress for me. Mortgage renewals, serious home repairs, and a family member who is having health issues have all put a damper on the first 3 quarters of the year. One-by-one those issues resolved themselves but not without first making me worry so much I got a grey hair.
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.
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.
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.
The holidays are too busy to let pain hold you back. Frequent mall walkers know the secret to comfortable toes is Dr. Scholl’s®. 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?