Tuesday 8 November 2022

Marla Ahlgrimm Shares Tips On Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

Marla Ahlgrimm

The holidays are here, and that means being in close quarters with friends and family, strangers, and coworkers. Between holiday parties, shopping, and dinners, you have a lot to do, and there are many opportunities for you to catch a cold, or worse. Today’s tips are provided by Marla Ahlgrimm in hopes that you have a healthy and happy holiday season. 
Wash Your Hands 
It might sound simple enough, but washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of germs, such as the flu. Given that the flu, RSV, and COVID are all floating around the air this year, you’ll want to keep your hands as clean as possible and avoid touching your face. To wash your hands effectively, use soap and warm water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Marla Ahlgrimm also recommends drying your hands with a paper towel. 

Stay Warm 
While it is true that being out in the cold doesn’t cause illnesses, being cold and wet is irritating and can leave us less-than-enthusiastic about the winter season. This simple step is one way that Marla Ahlgrimm says you can keep your mood as bright as the Christmas lights. To stay warm outdoors, wear waterproof boots, gloves, and layers. 
Watch Out For Stress 
There is no way around stress during the holiday season. However, as you’re running back and forth from the mall to your friends’ homes to work to your relatives’ houses, find a moment to breathe. Marla Ahlgrimm says that getting lots of sleep and learning how to say no are both effective at helping quell holiday stress and anxiety. 
Don’t Drink And Drive 
Here is another common-sense tip that seems to get swept under the rug during the festive cocktail season. However, Marla Ahlgrimm says that alcohol has the same effect at Christmas as it does on the Fourth of July. Don’t drink and drive, and always designate a sober companion if you’re going out to holiday parties. 
Get Vaccinated 
Your annual flu vaccine may not completely eliminate your chances of contracting the flu. However, if you catch a case of influenza, your body will be more prepared to fight the virus if it’s already been exposed via a vaccine. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that you should also speak with your primary health care provider about other vaccinations that might make sense for you and your children. 
Watch The Fire 
There are more house fires throughout the cold season than any other time of year. Between fire pits and fireplaces, Marla Ahlgrimm says there are more places where we tend to create natural warmth, and, because it gets dark so early, we may not always see potential hazards around our fires. Never leave a fire unattended, whether it’s an outdoor flame, a candle, or a space heater. 
Handle Foods Properly 
You’ll probably be cooking throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you’ll have to pay close attention to avoid cross-contamination and spoiled foods. Marla Ahlgrimm recommends washing your hands often, using one cutting board for each type of food (meat versus vegetables), and keeping perishables at the proper temperature during storage and while serving. 
Look Ahead At Travel Plans 
If you’re traveling this winter, look ahead at the weather so that you know what to wear where you are going. 
The holidays are supposed to be fun for everyone. The last thing you want is to get sick or stressed during this festive season. Today’s tips are just a few quick reminders of ways you can treat yourself right and enjoy your time with friends and family this holiday season.


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