happy-familyThere’s so much to be joyous about this time of year, so we hesitate to bring the mood down. However, it’s a fact that the winter holiday season is a time when many people find it difficult to feel their best. The cold temperatures, hectic schedules, and crowded holiday gatherings can combine to take a toll on a person’s health. The good news is that there are things you can do, often simple things, that can help promote health and wellness this holiday season and beyond. Keep reading for a few holiday season health tips from the experts here at Family Practice Center.

Take Precautions When Traveling

Traveling is a major source of illness this time of year. Overly crowded trains and airplanes with stale air. It’s no wonder so many people end up sick during and after traveling. Do what you can to travel safely this holiday season including washing your hands frequently, trying to prioritize sleep before your trip, drink plenty of fluids (like water or orange juice), and give your immune system a boost with vitamins and other healthy nutrients.

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Every year, millions of people get seriously sick because of the flu. In fact, severe flu cases can lead to hospitalizations and even death. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for people to receive an annual flu vaccine for anyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are updated each year to better protect the specific strains of the virus that are most prominent each season. And as an added bonus, flu shots are often free of charge with most insurance companies.

Make Staying Active a Priority

We understand how challenging it can be to find the time, energy, and motivation during the winter to keep up with your exercise or fitness regimen. But doing so is highly recommended. Staying physically active is essential for helping maintain body weight, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and helping you sleep better. All of which are of critical importance for long-term health and wellness. Even moderate exercise like taking a walk when you can’t get to the gym is better than no exercise at all.

Don’t Forget Mental Health and Wellness

Mental health is no small part of overall wellness, and we know this time of year can be difficult for many people in that regard. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), feeling depressed or overly stressed out, remember that you’re not alone. If you’re feeling down this holiday season, reach out to someone and talk about your issues instead of keeping them bottled up. Other recommendations besides staying active, include meditation, yoga, or other relaxation techniques can help and make a world of difference for many people.

No one wants to feel less than their very best for the holidays. Which is why it is so important to be proactive and do what you can to promote healthy behavior this year. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers today, please contact Family Practice Center at one of our locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, and Smyrna. And follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more health and wellness tips, news, and much more.