Make the holidays brighter by taking the time to care for yourself and your family’s health. Taking these steps to care for your health is one of the most crucial ways of preparing for the holidays.
Tips For Ensuring Your Family’s Health During The Holiday Months
Here are some recommendations that we can provide to ensure that your family is healthy during the holidays:
- Wash Your Hands: Washing our hands is vital to circumvent the spread of germs. It’s flu season, after all. Washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds should do the trick.
- Layering: Bundling up is an excellent way to stay warm and dry, especially outdoors. You should always wear the appropriate outdoor attire, such as warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
- Manage Your Stress: Giving yourself a break is essential if you feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The best ways of managing stress are to rely on friends or family, connect socially, and get plenty of rest.
- Don’t Drink and Drive: Never drive drunk, and don’t let others drive drunk. When someone is drunk driving, they’re putting everyone on the road in danger, not just themselves. Choosing not to drink and drive and helping others do the same can make for a safer holiday.
- Avoid Smoking: Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. Smokers have more significant health risks because of tobacco use, but nonsmokers are also prone to the risk when exposed to second-hand smoke from cigarettes and pipes.
- Wear Your Seatbelt: Fastening your seat belt while driving or riding in a motorized vehicle is one of the necessary methods to being safe. Always buckle your children up in the vehicle using infant and toddler car seats, booster seats, or seat belts regarding their height, weight, and age. Buckling up all the time, regardless of how short the trip is, and encouraging the other passengers to do the same will keep you all safe.
- Get Regular Checkups: Talk to your doctor about the necessary exams and when to get them. Updating your personal and family history is essential.
- Get Vaccinated: Getting vaccinated will help prevent catching diseases and help save lives. Everyone from a child aged six months to adults in their later years should get a flu shot every year.
- Keep Your Children Safe: Keeping potentially dangerous items out of your children’s reach will aid in protecting them from drowning, burns falls, and other potential accidents.
- Learn Fire Safety: Most residential fires occur during the winter, so never leave wood-burning fireplaces, candles, space heaters, or food cooking on stoves unattended. Create an emergency plan with your family and rehearse it frequently.
- Safely prepare your foods by washing them, peeling them, and washing your hands.
- Healthy Diet and Exercise: Eating fruits and vegetables which pack lots of nutrients and aid in lowering the risk for certain diseases. Limiting foods high in sugar, salt, and fat will benefit your overall health. Be active for at least two and a half hours a week and help your kids and teens to be active for a minimum of an hour each day.
Visit Your Doctor Today For Your Regular Checkup!
Keep yourself inspired to stay in the spirit of good holiday health by calling Conroe Family Doctor today! Through our physicians, we can provide your family with the checkups they need to celebrate the holiday season in good health.