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Five quick tips to reduce holiday stress

November 22, 2016

Stress levels have a way of increasing around the holiday season. Consider these five tips for a smoother and less stressful holiday:

  • Planning ahead is always helpful when it comes to the holidays. Set a budget, look up recipes and send out invitations to avoid last-minute disasters.
  • Movies and commercials always show the perfect family gatherings. Set realistic expectations and understand your own limits. No holiday celebration is perfect and inevitable missteps are possibilities. View them as opportunities to visit and create memories with one another.
  • Resolve complicated tasks first by setting priorities, and leave the easier ones for later. Purchase groceries and prep meals a few days early and create more free time for loved ones.
  • Holiday season is all about togetherness and bonding with one another. Dividing the workload among family members can reduce your stress, and it can also be a bonding experience for everyone. Send someone on errands, and another to set the tables. Use the extra time to relax and be with others.
  • Give yourself a break. It is common to feel the pressure to be there for everyone who is attending your holiday parties. Make time for yourself and remember that you are only one person. Take an hour break every few working hours. Go for a walk, get a massage, or listen to music. Self-care is important and can lead to increase in productivity and decrease in stress level!

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Happy Fall: Watch for health hazards as autumn settles in


November 1, 2016

 

It’s true – Southern California residents don’t experience a dramatic shift of the seasons. Most of the time, we really have to attune our senses to the slightest change. Still, there are some aspects to the fall season that can pose health risks:

 

Autumn is considered the start of the flu season. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated to lessen their chances of getting the flu. Wash hands frequently. Eat well. Get your rest and drink lots of water. Check in with Riverside University Health System—Public Health as your best source for education, immunization clinics and flu shot information.

 

Shorter days mean longer nights. Be alert as you drive. Do not drink and drive and be sure to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists during your evening commute. In the same way, wear reflector badges on your clothing if you are strolling the neighborhood on your nightly walk or bike ride.

 

Exposure to cold weather can cause health problems. Dress in layers so that you can adjust your comfort level accordingly. And remember – the use of space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Finally, stay vigilant when it comes to food safety. The holidays are all about big meals and lots of leftovers. Keep your food safe from food poisoning by cooking at proper temperatures and refrigerating promptly.

 

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.