The holidays have benchmarks.
Benchmark No. 1: The Sonoma County Fair in July/August means that we are closer to Christmas than away from it!
Benchmark No. 2: Each August, Christmas stuff shows up at Lowes.
Benchmark No. 3: Each September, Christmas stuff shows up at Costco.
(Now I’m excited! People complain about the commercialization of the holidays. But I see it as celebrating the holidays almost half the year.)
Benchmark No. 4: Labor Day, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and FINALLY....Christmas.
So now, the holiday season is in full swing.
So here are three more health-minded suggestions (taken from the Press Democrat) which I’m adding to the seven I shared with you two weeks ago.
1.) Germs love the holidays
That’s not the name of a sci-fi movie. It’s reality.
So banish germs by washing hands with soap under running water for 20 seconds, frequently. Do this especially with your kids. Avoid cross contamination while cooking by keeping meat and related equipment separate.
Make sure your flu shots are up to date. My physician says that the flu is quite virulent this year.
2.) Mind and soul basics
Some of the healthy-body tips hold for mental health too. Getting enough sleep and exercise helps maintain holiday sanity.
Become aware of your expectations for the holidays, and readjust them if they stray wildly from reality.
If your iPhone is keeping you from face-to-face interaction, cut back or turn it off.
If you haven’t already, make a holiday budget and stick to it. Worrying about finances is very stressful. STAY AWAY FROM HIGH-INTEREST CREDIT CARDS.
Loneliness can be more acute over the holidays. Getting involved in social, religious or volunteering activities can offer companionship and a sense of purpose.
Holidays can trigger depression or anxiety. Emphasize activities that help you keep things under control.
3.) Extenuating circumstances
If you’ve lost a loved one, acknowledge to yourself that sadness and grief don’t take a holiday.
If you’re not up to attend a get-together, either politely decline or have someone supportive by your side.
Use Facetime or Skype if you’re separated from your family.
If divorce or separation has changed the family structure, communicate with the adults to create a holiday where the kids feel loved and safe.
The Holidays can trigger depression and anxiety. Emphasize activities that help you keep these things under control.
If someone has fallen under extenuating circumstances, let them know you’re there for them.
Remember that this is a season of generosity and kindness to others. When you choose to be kind and generous, EVERYBODY WINS...ESPECIALLY YOU!
Steven Campbell is the author of “Making Your Mind Magnificent.” His seminar “Taming Your Mind, Unleashing Your Life” is now available online at stevenrcampbell.teachable.com. For more information, call Steven Campbell at 707-480-5507.