10 Things to know for a healthy holiday season

10 Things to know for a healthy holiday season
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1. Stay hydrated. During colder months our sense of thirst may diminish, and we may not think about drinking water as much as we do during the warmer seasons. Hydration remains just as important even though it’s not top of mind.

2. Stay active. Make a list of physical activities you enjoy, no matter the weather conditions. Many activities can be done right at home.

3. Enjoy the flavors of the season. There tends to be an overabundance of treats around the holidays. Delight in these delicious things in moderation. Avoid skipping meals to “make up for” another. Take your time and enjoy the flavors, company and scenery. By slowing down, you are less likely to overeat. Release any feelings of guilt or shame if you do not navigate a meal as precisely as intended.

4. Savor simplicity. Create and savor more simplicity. Where can simplicity be a theme? Your schedule, gifting, meal planning or decorations?

5. Connection. Reach out to family, friends and neighbors. A phone call, a text or a simple chat at the mailbox are all ways to keep connected. Remember that this benefits everyone.

6. Get your vaccinations. Everyone six months and older should get an annual flu vaccine and get vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19 when eligible.

7. Wash hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs, especially before eating or after using the bathroom or changing a diaper. Refresh hand towels often.

8. Stay home when sick. If you’re feeling ill, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

9. Be smoke-free. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers are also at risk when exposed to secondhand smoke. Need help quitting tobacco? Visit KSquit.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support.

10. Manage stress with a bit of balance. Give yourself periods of rest, fun, joy and accomplishment. Breathe. Stretch. Create. Avoid overscheduling or over committing yourself.