As the weather is changing and the end of the year quickly approaches there are many of us that are experiencing the holiday work parties, the friendsgiving gatherings, and the eventual holiday hustle to travel, eat, drink and be merry.
With all these increases in tasks and relative decreases in time to complete the parties, shopping and last minute meetings stress is bound to increase. Statistically the last quarter of the year is when hospitals see a large increase in admissions. This has been attributed to heart attacks, strokes, and car accidents mostly stress related. Managing stress through proper planning can prevent these health issues and potential accidents.
Thankfully we only have a few weeks left of 2014 to get through this stressful quarter however here are some gems from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention to use while we close out this year.
Wash your hands to avoid getting a cold of flu
If you haven’t done so already, consider getting a flu shot
Balance your day with work, home, play and rest
Plan properly for those holiday travels
If you are more musically inclined here is The CDC Holiday song on the 12 ways to Health.
Another component to be mindful of is Vitamin D intake. Living in Oregon most physicians recommend taking Vitamin D supplement due to the lack of Sunshine that the population receives. In the past 10 years technologic advances have pushed people to spend more time indoors on computers, watching television or spending time on our tablets. During the winter as temperatures drop and holiday season demands increase people spend less time outside, therefore Vitamin D intake is sparse. This leads to increased reports of depression possibly due to seasonal affect disorder and/or people who may not have friends or family to celebrate the holidays. This article highlights some good information regarding Vitamin D, SAD and depression.
Lessons to be learned, plan ahead this holiday season, aim to properly balance work, home, play and rest, and get outside and enjoy being active!