Remember, you or others around you may be immunocompromised, making them even more susceptible to the many dangerous germs and bacteria around, so do your part to ensure a safe space for everyone while getting in the holiday spirit. These tips are here to help you and others stay safe, healthy, and happy this year for the holidays:
Wash Your Hands Often
It’s flu season as well, so be sure to continue washing your hands frequently and properly to prevent and minimize the spread of germs and bacteria. If there isn’t a sink handy, use sanitizer and carry some with you wherever you go.
Social Distance And Wear a Mask
As fun as those big family gatherings are, this year, you might want to change up your plans. With the pandemic still at large, indoor parties and get-togethers are still too much of a risk, and disease can easily spread. If you are around others, remember to distance yourself at least 6 feet away from them and wear your mask at all times.
Get Your Flu Vaccine
Do your part and get your yearly flu vaccine to help prevent the spread of this uncomfortable and sickening illness.
Manage Your Stress
The holidays can certainly be a busy and stressful time of year. Some ways to help you get through it include giving yourself a break when you feel overwhelmed, getting lots of sleep at night, making lists and planning events out in advance, and finding help and support from your friends and family. Don’t let stress and anxiety prevent you from feeling the joy of the holiday season!
Protect yourself and those around you from second-hand smoke by not smoking at all or smoking outside away from others.
Keep potentially dangerous or harmful toys, food, drinks, household items, decorations, and other objects away and out of reach from young children. Keep an eye on them at all times to present any accidents or injuries.
Prepare Food Safely
Be sure you’re preparing the meals safely for everyone to enjoy by frequently washing your hands, wiping and disinfecting your kitchen surfaces, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods at correct temperatures, and store foods properly in the refrigerator.
Practice Fire Safety
Most residential fires occur during the winter and holiday months. Be careful not to leave candles, fireplaces, space heaters, and cooking food unattended at any point. Take some time to review with your family your fire emergency plan as well!
Stay Active and Eat Healthily
What’s one of the best parts of the holiday season? The food! It’s still possible to eat healthily and enjoy all the holiday food staples but watching your portions, limiting foods with high fats, salt, or sugar, and remembering to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!
It may be colder outside, but it’s essential to find time to get out or stay in and work out! Exercising can also help you control your holiday stress and give you peace of mind over those potential extra holiday pounds.
We wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season!
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