It’s that time of year again when holiday cheer is filling the North Florida air (in place of the cold weather perhaps). Unfortunately, some other things can also fill the air, like germs and holiday stress.
With a few steps, though, you can successfully navigate your way through the holiday season both healthy and joyous. Here are a few dos and don’ts for your health and wellbeing this holiday season:
DO keep your wellness commitments. Even if you have a house full of company or are on the road, sticking to your health and wellness activities, like yoga class or taking your medications, are important. Some activities, like walking, could even be enriched by including a family member you don’t get to see very often.
DON’T try to start a diet. Trying to lose weight during the holiday shuffle is a noble idea, but it can set you up for failure. Instead, try just to maintain your body weight over the holiday period without gaining those few post-Thanksgiving pounds you’ll have to work off when the New Year rolls around.
DO get your flu shot. We can’t stress enough how important getting your flu shot is, regardless of if you’re pregnant, elderly, or perfectly healthy.
DON’T ignore what your body is trying to tell you. During the holidays especially, women often ignore symptoms of oncoming illness to keep up with their busy calendar. Unfortunately, ignoring symptoms could turn a plugged duct into mastitis for nursing moms, or a slightly runny nose into a yucky flu. If you’re feeling ragged, put your calendar on pause to get some extra rest, or contact your well woman provider to help you manage an oncoming illness before it manages you.
DO take time for what you enjoy. Whether it’s visiting an elderly neighbor or shopping sales with your best friend, make sure you schedule time for the holiday activities you truly value. This will go a long way to promoting your mental wellbeing and happiness!
At All About Women, our obstetrician-gynecologists want to wish all the women we serve in the Gainesville and Lake City areas a happy holiday season. Keep reading on our blog for more holiday inspiration, including gifts of health you can give to your family.