Getting through the holidays without health issues can be a real challenge. Here is a survival guide to stay healthy during this season.
Your health during the holidays
For most families, the holiday season is a time of celebration, wonder, bonding, and time away from work and school. In practice, most of us don’t get much rest during this time. So, here are some tips for savvy party-goers!
Between the rush of gift shopping, party preparations and late nights, many of us will arrive in January with a happy heart, but an exhausted body. Not to mention our small post-Christmas ailments, harsh reminders of our copious meals, or in some cases, a sign that we caught a little bug from a random hug, kiss or handshake.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do before, during and after the holiday celebrations to maintain your energy and health. To that end, we have put together a series of tips to help you get through the holidays and start the year on the right foot.
The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
During the holidays, there are many opportunities to deviate from your healthy habits. Lack of sleep, alcohol consumption, occasional smoking, and dietary changes can make you stray from your balanced lifestyle.
While it is totally natural to want to take advantage of the joys of life during the festivities, you can still try to limit the impact on your health by choosing a few simple measures. We have prepared a few tips that we hope you will find very useful:
- How to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays
- How to take care of yourself after the holidays
- Break the cycle of insomnia
- Stress: its impact on health and the ways to limit it
- Alcohol: steer the course
The holiday season and infections
In winter, viruses and bacteria have it easy, or at least, easier than those who have the misfortune of crossing their path! Cold weather, fatigue, poor lifestyle habits and more frequent and close contact with others during the holidays promote the development and spread of all kinds of infections.
There are things you can do and effective measures you can take to prevent them. If you happen to get a cold, the flu, COVID-19, gastroenteritis, a cold sore or any other type of infection during the winter, remember that your pharmacist is there to help you.
For more information on the most common infections and the ways of preventing and relieving their symptoms, read the following tips:
- How to keep viruses at bay during the holidays
- 5 tips to avoid cold sores during the holidays
- Need urgent care during the holidays? Speak to your pharmacist!
- Ten ways to strengthen your immune system
The holidays and digestion
It's fair to say that the holiday season puts a strain on many people's digestive systems. Digestive discomforts can be felt the same night, following a particularly copious meal; however, it is most often the next day that we regret the previous day's excesses.
Nausea, heartburn, acid reflux, gas, bloating, and flatulence are frequent reasons to visit the pharmacist the day after holiday celebrations.
In addition to providing general tips about digestive issues, pharmacists can prescribe certain medications for nausea and acid reflux under certain conditions. They will choose the best option for you based on your symptoms, family history, and the medication you are taking, among other things. Don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you experience digestive issues.
For more information on how to reduce the discomforts related to digestive problems typical of the holidays, read the following tips:
- For better digestion during the holidays
- Acid reflux and heartburn: SOS relief!
- Five practical tips in the event of diarrhea
- Tips for reducing gas and flatulence
- How to ease post holiday ailments
Armed with these tips, we hope that the holidays will bring you joy, plenty and especially, good health! Happy holidays to you and your family!