Tis the Season … to get sick? Our holiday merriment has the unfortunate coincidence to land on the calendar at the peak of cold and flu season. Most of us do love the festive time of year: gifts, tinsel, eating ourselves into food comas. But we’re also running a higher chance to come down with a nasty bug that could cramp our Yule-tiding. So, this holiday season, here’s a few friendly tips from you secret Santas at Scrubin.
First, wash your hands. Oh, you do already? Well, maybe up the frequency. This is the season where you’ll be doing a lot of palm-pressing and back-slapping at holiday functions, recitals and other seasonal events. A good anti-bacterial sanitizer, several times a day, keeps the hacking coughs away.
Also, bust out those winter woolens and mittens if you’re in a colder climate. Keep your head covered, and your hands and feet warm. This helps keep core temperature regulated, and staves off those lingering chills many of us carry in from night.
And speaking of food comas, maybe watch the diet a tad. Sure, good eats and lots of them are a proud part of the holiday tradition. But there’s a downside to all that noshing. Namely indigestion, gastric distress, heartburn and other fun, fun stuff like that.
Holiday foods tend to be rich, sugary — and carb-y. Make sure you maintain some balance in your diet; don’t skimp on the fruits and greens. Also, alcohol consumption jumps during the holiday season, and this can obviously have its own potential downsides. Don’t overindulge, never drive after you’ve been drinking and try not to revel too late into the night. Lack of sleep leads to fatigue, which leads to lowered immune system, which leads to colds and flus. And just like that, we’re back to step one.
We should probably say something here about not maiming yourself while with a Phillip’s head screwdriver while attempting to assemble a needlessly complex toy on Christmas Eve, but sometimes you just must let people make their own mistakes.
No mistake about how much we value all of you, and are grateful for the support you’ve shown us throughout 2016, however. From all of us here at Scrubin to all of you, happy holidays!