Holiday Health

As Christmas and the New Year are right around the corner, everyone has started to make preparations for the holiday season. The holidays are typically a joyous time for most, but others begin to struggle with sadness and even depression. It is important to be aware of the stressors and your specific triggers during this time, so that you can focus on your mental and physical health. Here are a few things to take in to consideration:

  1. Increased stress

This can come from financial burdens from shopping and getting gifts, increased crowds and family get-togethers.

  1. Fatigue

The worries of making sure everything is done for Christmas or New Year’s will take precedence over going to the gym or eating well. The change in weather can also weaken your immune system.

  1. Family Related Issues

Spending excessive time with relatives can be overwhelming at times. Some families only see their relatives during the holidays and other families do not spend the holidays with anyone. Both extremes can be a trigger to emotional disturbance. This is also a time that we miss our deceased friends and relatives more.

  1. Expectations

This is a very exciting time of year and some people will go over the top with buying gifts or decorating, but this may lead to let-downs. If things don’t go exactly as planned, we will feel disappointed.

Here are a few ways to try to remain positive during the season:

Avoid over-scheduling yourself- It’s ok to tell people no.

Lower your expectations-Don’t strive for someone else’s perfection.

Make a budget and stick to it-The price of a gift is not equal to how much you love someone!

Spread your celebrations out- Don’t cram everything in just 1 or 2 weeks

Get as much sleep as you can! – It’s ok to take time just for you!

Fall into Safety

The air is turning crisp and cooler. The leaves are changing colors and dropping from the trees. It is wise to keep a few important Fall safety tips in mind during this time. With proper precautions and safety awareness, you and your family can enjoy the beautiful autumn weather while avoiding some of the dangers that come with the season.

  • Fire dangers are all around. Have your furnace serviced, clean your fireplaces, use space heathers as directed and keep candles away from pets and small children.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. A good time to remember to do this is at daylight savings time. This year it falls on November 1st. Remember to “Fall” back an hour!
  • Watch for wet leaves on the road when driving. Their colors are beautiful to look at, but they become slippery when wet.
  • Consider keeping an emergency kit in your car; windshield washer fluid, blankets, salt or kitty litter, flares and other items that sometimes required.
  • Keep alert for an increase in deer activity. Fall is a time for mating and migrating, so be aware of darting deer on the roads.
  • Exercise caution during Halloween. Use reflectors, flashlights and glow stick for visibility.