This is a great time of year. Many different types of seasons; Christmas Season, Thanksgiving Season, Giving Season and most importantly it is Flu Season! No one wants to get sick and this time of year it is the easiest way to get sick.
We all get together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays with good food, but we also forget that we are passing germs and can get each other sick by simply hanging out with each other.
Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings. Continue reading “Flu Season”
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Hello Scam Season! After all, it is the season for giving! Although consumer scams occur throughout the year, the holiday season provides fertile ground for scammers to target unknowing consumers.
Knowing about the potential of scams is important to your personal financial well-being, but reporting the scams also helps organizations like the Better Business Bureau, and Federal Trade Commission track scammers and catch them for the purpose of prosecution. Continue reading “Scam Season”
The holiday season can be stressful for many people. There are several activities people try to manage. There are several mindfulness strategies that can help reduce stress and allow you to experience a calmer holiday season.
- Practice active listening
- It can be easy to tune out during all the holiday hustle and bustle. By minimizing distractions, you may be surprised how much more you observe and hear which can be very rewarding.
- Be open to the emotions of others
- Consider the feelings of others around you during the holiday season. You can increase your ability to connect by being observant and receptive to them.
- Be open to a range of emotions in yourself
- Unfortunately, the holiday season can trigger a mixture of emotions that are not always joyful. Consider allowing yourself space and recognize these feelings you may experience instead of seeking to lose them.
- Let go of old habits or patterns that might be hold you back
- There are many traditions and memories that the holidays bring; however, sometimes, old patterns can disseminate negativity. Be mindful of patterns that are bothersome. Allow yourself to be open to new experiences.
- Expand how you communicate care
- Many cultures practice gift-giving during the holidays; however, there are many additional ways to show you care. Before making a purchase, consider asking yourself what you are trying to communicate through the gift. There may be alternative ways to express your feelings or care like spending quality time or doing something nice for them.
- Let go of judgment – both for yourself and others
- Try to avoid conflict with others during the holiday season. This can lead to judgment and self-esteem issues. Take a step back and enjoy even the little things.
- Balance the “should’s” with awareness of your own needs and practice self-compassion
- Although, the holidays can bring many obligations, try to make time for yourself to avoid burnout and bitterness. Engage in fun and relaxing activities. When you do this, you may discover you will be more giving to others.
(information from www.psychologytoday.com)
This is a great time of year. Many different types of seasons; Christmas Season, Thanksgiving Season, Giving Season and most importantly it is Flu Season! No one wants to get sick and this time of year it is the easiest way to get sick. We all get together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays with good food, but we also forget that we are passing germs and can make each other sick by simply hanging out with each other.
Handwashing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings.
When should you wash your hands?
– Before, during and after preparing food
– Before eating food
– Before and after caring for someone who is sick
– After using the bathroom
– After changing diapers or cleaning up a child
– After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
– After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
– After touching the garbage
Do you wash your hands after doing any or all of the above? I know I forget sometimes, especially after taking out the trash! But if you start practicing this, it will become a habit and help prevent your family and friends from getting sick!
What if you don’t have soap and water available? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Remember to keep your friends, family and yourself from getting sick this Flu Season… wash your hands!
Sharing is caring. This is a mantra you probably first heard at a young age, and it tends to come up often during the holiday season. Is sharing always caring, though? In the case of food gifts, I’m not so sure that it is.
While there are many things I love about the holiday season, one thing I dread is the omnipresence of sweet treats. Baked goods, candies and other homemade sweets seem to be everywhere, and avoiding them can take significant planning and effort! Continue reading “Your Health This Holiday Season”
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The whole family should be encouraged to eat breakfast. Breakfast gives you energy, makes you feel better, keeps you from getting hungry later in the morning, and helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Children who eat breakfast do better in school. Children may be able to get breakfast at school – check with the school food service to find out if it is available in your area. Continue reading “The Most Important Meal of the Day”
Schools have been very busy welcoming kids back in to the classroom! If you are packing a lunch keep these tips in mind: Continue reading “Back to School Lunches”