Holiday Pressure and Your Health

The holidays are a time to relax with family and celebrate. However, the holidays can present an incredible health risk, for a variety of reasons. Studies show that emergency room visits increase dramatically around the holidays. We face increased illness during the holidays for a variety of reasons, both physical and psychological, including:

  • We consume foods high in salt, sugar, and fat, which can trigger both physical problems, as well as emotional highs and lows.
  • We drink more alcohol than usual, which can trigger emotional outbursts, as well as placing strain on our bodies.
  • We delay visits to our family doctor or walk-in clinic, as well as refilling prescriptions, as we are so busy with holiday plans. This allows an illness to worsen, instead of getting medical treatment early on, leading us to the emergency room for care.
  • We are faced with heightened emotional stress and pressure, as we try to do everything, be everywhere, and please everyone.

So, over the holidays this year, I encourage you to monitor your emotions and physical symptoms. If you are feeling ill, panicked, stressed, overwhelmed, sad, angry, or upset, take some time to check in with yourself. If there is a physical symptom that is troubling you, please see your doctor, a walk-in clinic, or go to the hospital. Your emotions may be running high, so take moments here and there to practice some deep breathing, or to just sit quietly. For free downloadable breathing techniques go to Set boundaries with others, and know that you are only human, and you can’t do everything. Most of all, take care of yourself and enjoy the holidays!

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