The bearer of bad news or just another Grinch? We are neither, but when it comes to your health over the holidays, there are a number of things you need to look out for, both physically and mentally. In this article, we will look at some of the more common health risks associated with the season. We do wish you a happy Christmas, but it pays to take care.
The abundance of food
Say goodbye to your weight loss plans, as the abundance of food on your plate is liable to put on a few more pounds. Then there’s the chocolate, the alcohol, and all the leftover turkey you will be consuming for weeks to come. We hate to say it, but if you’re health conscious, you do need to monitor what’s on your table. The extra calories on your Christmas dinner plate alone can cause damage to your heart if you are already overweight. Cut back on your portions, try and add as many vegetables to your plate as possible (even those infernal Brussel sprouts) and check out these facts about phosphoric acid before you add another portion of turkey to your plate. Christmas is the one year when we make the excuse to binge eat, but you don’t have to. If you know you are susceptible to health problems because of bad eating habits, maintain caution, and look for healthier recipes.
Feelings of stress
Now is the season to be jolly. At least, that’s what the Christmas carol tells us, but in reality, this time can be anything but jolly. Stresses run high, from the demands of festive visitors to the inordinate amount of planning it takes to make the ‘perfect’ Christmas. Then there’s the kids, the mess, and another round of caroller’s at your door looking to take away the last remnants of money you have in your pockets. Stress is something we all feel at Christmas, but there are ways to deal with it. For starters, don’t aim for perfection. If something goes wrong – the turkey explodes, the tree lights don’t work, etc. – don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. There is also some great Christmas stress advice here, which will help you in the run-up to the holiday, as well as give you some tips for surviving the big day itself.
The problem of loneliness
Not everybody has a family to share Christmas with. If you are fortunate to have people around you, be sure to invite over anybody you know who may be alone over the holidays. If you are somebody facing Christmas alone, the festive season can hit you hard. There are ways to cope with loneliness, but if the situation causes you to fall into depression, speak to your doctor for advice. Despite being alone, there are many others in the same boat as you. There are charities and community groups out there who put on special events over the holidays to help you feel less isolated. Have a look online and see if you can find something. Perhaps let others know of your situation too, such as trusted neighbours or friends, and you may find a welcome into their homes. Christmas is tough for those alone, but there may be options available to you.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas, but if you relate to any of the above, do all you can to reduce the health risks. Take care of yourself, and take care of those around you.