Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take these simple 10 steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy — and ready to enjoy the holidays.
1. Stay Hydrated
The Summer heat can be enjoyable for those who love the outdoors, however, it can be extremely dangerous if one does not drink enough water. Always try have a bottle of water with you wherever you go, so that you never get thirsty.
2. Wash Hands Often to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs
Although it’s not flu season, germs can still spread quickly with all the activities people get involved in during the holidays. Wash your hands often to stop the spread of germs and ensure you enjoy your time off.
3. Manage Stress
Despite it being the holiday season, it tends to also be a very stressful, and busy, time of the year. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Take time to relax and regroup if you feel the stress is mounting. This will not only make your holidays more enjoyable, but will be healthier for your body.
4. Don’t Drink and Drive
Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone, including themselves, on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
5. Wear Sunscreen
The December sun in South Africa is harsh and dangerous. Ensure you always put on sunscreen before venturing outdoors, and especially when you go to the beach.
6. Fasten your Seat Belts
Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
7. Eat Healthy, Stay Active
Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.
8. Remember to Get Sleep
While going out and enjoying your time off, you may forget to sleep enough. This can negatively affect your health and leave you feeling exhausted, rather than relaxed, after your break. So, try balance sleep with going out.
9. Don’t Skip Meals
Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like fresh vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge in sweet stuff.
10. Prevent Injuries
Injuries can happen anywhere, and some often occur around the holidays, especially with all the activities that holidaymakers get up to. Use step ladders instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or skateboarding to help prevent head injuries.