More Helpful Health Tips from the Trusted Team at Metropolis Drugs II
Ease Holiday Stress
Feeling stressed with Thanksgiving right around the corner, followed by the December holidays Don’t abandon healthy habits these next two months. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Try these suggestions:
- Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, appetizers or drinks.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
- Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
Avoiding Those Nasty Winter Colds
Do you really have some control over whether you catch a cold this season? Yes. There is much you can do to help protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses that cause colds can enter your body this way and make you sick.
- As much as possible, stay away from people who are sick.
If you have a cold, follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people:
- Stay at home while you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing or shaking hands.
- Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
—— Sources: Mayo Clinic and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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