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Health and Safety during the Holidays!

posted Nov 6, 2010, 11:07 AM by



The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks and reflect.  They are also a time to pay special attention to your health.  Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips.


*Stay well during the holiday season.  Wash your hands often.  Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  To make the time pass and complete the 20 seconds needed to kill germs, try singing a song or saying a prayer.  Songs such as Jesus Loves Me take at least 20 seconds to sing and are easy to learn.  If you don’t like to sing, you may want to try to say a prayer, such as the Lord’s Prayer or a Hail Mary.  If anyone is interested, the parish nurses have a program called “Clean Hands” that we would be glad to present to your group.  It is geared toward children in grades K-5, but I would be glad to adjust it to any age group.  So, let’s spread the word, not the germs!


*Stay warm.

Col temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults.  Try to stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers of loose fitting clothing. 


*Travel safety.

Whether you are travelling across town or around the word, help ensure your trip is safe.  Do not drink and drive and don’t let someone else drink and drive.  Wear your seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.  Always buckle children in the car using child safety seats, or seat belts according to his/her height, weight and age.  Indiana law requires all children to be in a booster seat until they are eight years old or over 80 pounds.


*Reduce your stress.

One good thing about holiday stress is that it is predictable.  You know when it will start and end, and then you can make a plan to deal with it.  Here are some tips to help you reduce your holiday stress: 


1.     Set your priorities.  Before getting overwhelmed with too many activities, try and decide which holiday traditions will offer the most positive impact on your family and eliminate all the others.  Pick a few of your favorite activities and really enjoy them. 

2.     Cut corners.  Find ways to tone down the activities that are important to you and your family.  You may find you enjoy them more this way.  For example, shorten your Christmas card list and send only to those who send them to you.  Don’t write letters in all of them, or try a form letter on the computer and make copies.

3.     Set a schedule.  Use a time management planner and fill in all of your scheduled activities.  Then, try and eliminate the least important activities or shorten the time spent at certain activities.

4.     Make time for yourself and breathe!  Try some deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.  By taking just 10 minutes, you can reduce your negative stress level.