Emergency Room MDs advise how to keep Holiday stress in check.

Emergency Room MDs advise how to keep Holiday stress in check.

The holiday season is supposed to be joyous, fun and happy. But it can also be stressful. The American College of Emergency Physicians wants to remind all Americans to keep your stress in check.

“For many, including emergency physicians, the holidays come with a daunting pile of obligations,” said Dr. Jay Kaplan, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “Don’t overdo it, because you can damage your health and possibly wind up spending the holidays in the emergency department.”

Much like the “Twelve Days of Christmas” here are the “Ten Tips For A Healthy Holiday”:

#10 — Exercise:  This is extremely important. Go to the gym, take regular walks or run. Make sure you stay active to help reduce the stress level.

#9 — Watch Your Diet:  People tend to eat more quantities of rich foods during the holidays. It’s okay to indulge occasionally, but do it responsibly and in moderation.

#8 — Wash Your Hands, Cover Your Mouth:  Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean it’s still not cold and flu season.

#7 — Limit Alcohol Drinking: Excessive alcohol drinking can put stress on your heart and other organs, act as a depressant and cause several serious problems.

#6— Don’t Drink and Drive: Just because you think you’re okay to drive away from that Christmas party doesn’t mean you are in good shape. Get a designated driver or choose not to drink … period.

#5 — Be Cost Effective: Given the current economic times, no one can blame you for spending less. Keep it simple. Excessive spending can add to stress.

#4 — Ask for Help: You can’t be expected to do everything yourself. Ask for help when it comes to shopping and decorating, as well as other tasks. And if you start to feel anxious or depressed, ask for help for yourself!

#3 — Sleep: You shouldn’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep, as well as daily down time. Take a nap, take time for yourself, reenergize and relax. Your body will thank you for it.

#2 — Don’t Smoke: Whether it’s the holidays or not, it’s just terrible for your health and you should stop now.

#1 — Let It Go: Like the famous song from the film “Frozen” says, just “let it go,” meaning the world won’t end if you don’t live up to every expectation you set. The holiday season is about spending time with family and friends. Prioritize the important things.

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