With the holidays upon us, it’s time to get together with family and friends to celebrate the joy of the season. To help you get through it all happy and healthy, we bring you these tips:
Holy smokes! ‘Tis the season of stringing lights, burning candles, building fires and decking the halls. However, if these things aren’t done carefully, a beautiful display can become a horror show. Keep flammables, including your Christmas tree, away from open flames. Also, make sure to inspect all cords before using them, especially if they’ve been packed away for the year; and remember that when it comes to extension cords, don’t double up — one is enough. For more information on keeping your family safe during the holidays and beyond, visit the U.S. Fire Administration site.
Pretty Dangerous. Mistletoe, Poinsettias and Holly are just some of the flowers that symbolize the holiday season. However, if ingested by humans or pets, these beauties can be poisonous. When using them to decorate, it’s best to place them somewhere out of reach.
That’s no tree to sneeze at. Have you noticed that your winter allergies seem to get worse around your real Christmas tree? That’s because while the tree is still living outside, it collects pollen and mold, which in turn trigger allergies. If you or someone in your family is sensitive to mold, consider putting up an artificial tree or only keeping the real one in the house for a few days.
Drink Responsibly. Mixology is an art form, and bartenders love opportunities to show off their skills at holiday parties. While their creations are tasty, they may also contain ingredients that trigger food allergies. In addition, some people may have an intolerance for alcohol itself, or rather the chemicals, grains or preservative within in. Symptoms of alcohol intolerance include: facial redness (flushing); warm, red, itchy bumps on the skin (hives); worsening of preexisting asthma; runny or stuffy nose; low blood pressure; nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea. So as you raise your glass in celebration, make sure you know what’s in it.
Hold the nuts. Yes, we all have that relative, but we’re talking about the edible kind. One of the best things about this season is the food; but creating allergy-free meals can be challenging.
Relax. Just do it. This time of year can be incredibly stressful. Make sure to take care of yourself, slow down and enjoy everything that’s going on around you. Follow these tips to say goodbye to holiday stress and anxiety, and give yourself the the gift of peace.