Although the festive seasons that we have had and those yet to come are different this year, many people still fall into bad habits while celebrating. Of course, December brings Christmas and with it plenty of hustle and bustle despite lockdowns and social distancing. It is during these times that taking care of ourselves is essential to staying healthy. We often slip – too much food, drink, and late night reveling resulting in a less than optimal sense of wellbeing. Take a moment to reflect on what you are doing and ask yourself if it fits with the vibrant and active person you want to be. Try to hang on to those healthy habits you have established over the year. Perhaps the most important of those is a good night’s sleep. It may be fun to stretch your day beyond its normal limits, but the next day will not be nearly so fun. Sleep is the gas that fills up our tank so that we have the energy and mental clarity to do the things that we really need to do. Skip on sleep and decisions get harder to make and often end up being the wrong ones. Ever go to grocery shopping when you are tired (that is if you have the energy to drag yourself there)? Chances are, the next day you will wonder why you bought certain things and what on earth are you going to do with them? If only you had the ability to think that decision through in the first place!
This year celebrations are, and will be different, so let’s embrace that and make the difference a good one. Get plenty of sleep, do not overindulge in food or drink, get outdoors, and get some fresh air and exercise. Make sure to reach out to those who may be alone or feeling blue to let them know you are thinking of them. A phone call, skype or even text can go a long way toward lifting someone’s spirits. Following these simple tips will make this holiday season seem much brighter than you think it is going to be.
Whatever celebrations you partake in this year, we at Independent Respiratory Services wish you health, happiness and sweet dreams.