Tips for a Happy-Healthy Holiday Season
Immunity is this season’s magic word. When temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut, viruses can thrive indoors; if your immune system isn’t up to the task, you’re likely to catch the latest bug to hit town. That’s why it’s essential to ward off the very real threat of colds, flu, and other scary winter germs lurking on every doorknob, in every public bathroom, and on every grab-rail during your daily commute.
Get a flu shot.
The government says that this year there will be plenty of germs to go around; the feds recommend flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older.
Buy plenty of hand sanitizer.
A bottle stashed in your purse (and in your husband’s briefcase and the kids’ book bags) is an excellent alternative to washing if you’ve just shaken a bunch of hands and can’t get to a sink
Join a gym.
Exercising a few times per week will increase your endorphins and boost your immune system. Not to mention, reduce any holiday stress.
Give or get a massage.
Experts believe a massage can improve your mood and reduce stress for those who are simply dealing with the daily pressures of life. Whether it’s a professional massage or simply a back rub from your significant other, this can also increase serotonin and dopamine, mood boosters that may help protect your immunity, as well.
Take a daily multivitamin.
Look for one with 100% of the recommended daily values of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and D and the minerals chromium, copper, folic acid, selenium, calcium, and zinc.
Turn in Earlier.
Getting enough sleep is the most important thing to do this season, because any other precautions you take against cold or flu—the right food, supplements, even vaccinations—won’t offer the same protection if your body’s too tired to use them properly.
Remember the holiday season is meant to be spent with your friends and family. Make the most of it and enjoy yourself!