How to Celebrate this Holiday Season safely with your family?
If you want to give yourself and your family, the gift of greater health this holiday season, consider these strategies for adding more activity to your day and nutritious foods to your plate.
Traditions around the holidays are crucial for families and children. There are many ways to enjoy seasonal traditions while also protecting your health.
Because many generations congregate to celebrate holidays, getting vaccinated if you’re eligible is the best approach to reduce COVID-19 risk and people are worried about the new omicron variant, so it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep your family and friends safe.
1. Stay Safe
The COVID-19 vaccination is both safe and efficacious.
Everyone aged 5 and up is now eligible for a free COVID-19 Vaccination.
During this season Flu shot vaccine is also a must for all ages.
To discover COVID-19 vaccine stations near you, visit vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
To protect yourself and others, put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and individuals who do not reside with you.
Crowds and inadequately ventilated interior settings should be avoided.
To avoid the spread of disease to others, do a test.
Hands should be washed often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
2. Stay Active
Even a few minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity can provide some health advantages and help you meet the requirements. Physical activity has numerous advantages for adults, including reduced short-term anxiety and improved sleep.
Here are some ideas to help you stay active throughout the holidays:
Before entering any stores, walk a couple of quick laps around the shopping mall.
Take the stairs whenever possible. Stairs can be found in parking garages, businesses, and retail malls. If you can’t make it up the stairs, take the elevator part of the way and then the stairs the rest of the way.
During your errands, you can avoid looking for a nearby parking spot. Park further away and take a quick stroll to your destination.
Go on a group walk with your friends and family. You can make the walk more enjoyable by making it a scavenger hunt. Play an energetic group game in your backyard or a nearby park.
Instead of driving, bundle up and go on a walk to admire the holiday lights.
Eating healthy maintains muscles and bones, increases immunity, aids digestion, and aids in weight management, among other health benefits. Eating a variety of healthful foods is part of good nutrition.
To do so throughout the holidays:
If you eat meals heavy in calories, saturated fat, or added sugars, eat them in modest portions and just once in a while. Most of the time, choose healthier foods.
Fill your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables first, followed by small servings of less healthful items during parties and other occasions.
If you’re going to a party, bring your favorite healthful dish. Then you can be confident that at least one item at the party will be a healthy option that you appreciate.
Make healthier versions of your favorite meals by using lower-fat and lower-salt components.
Add salsa or black bean sauce to baked fish or chicken to make it more flavorful.
Consider substituting beans for higher-fat meats.
Here are some suggestions for diverting attention away from eating throughout the Christmas season.
Volunteer in your community; it may turn out to be an activity you like all year.
Try ice skating or winter trekking as a seasonal hobby.
Make a date to “walk and talk” with a friend or family member. Skip the Frappuccino in favor of exploring a new place.
Visit a museum or an exhibit that you’ve been meaning to visit.
Consider what new healthy traditions you might be able to establish this year. The options are limitless!
5. Plan a virtual Family Party
If you don’t want to have family party fun or don’t want to avoid the party, still you can enjoy a virtual party with your family and friends.
Reduce risk this year by relocating the celebration online and creating a virtual gathering.
Setting up a group video chat allows everyone to be together even if it isn’t the same as being in the same room.
To make things go more smoothly, test your preferred virtual gathering approach ahead of time to iron out any technical kinks.
6. Arrange for a Virtual Gift-opening party
Plan ahead of time with family and send or drop off gifts for each other.
When it’s time to open gifts, everyone can do so together through group video call. The best way to connect without family during this pandemic.
7. Prevent Food Poisoning
Maintain a happy holiday season by handling food carefully. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ foodsafety.gov website offers some helpful Christmas food safety tips:
When handling food, wash your hands frequently.
Separate raw meat from fresh produce.
To avoid cross-contamination, use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils for raw and cooked meats.
To ensure that the meat is cooked to a safe temperature, use a food thermometer.
Refrigerate leftover hot or cold meals within two hours of serving.
When preserving leftover turkey, chop it into little pieces so it can cool fast.
If you’re thinking about traveling for a holiday or special event, the CDC’s Travel page can help you decide what’s best for you and your family.
The CDC still advises postponing travel until you are fully vaccinated.
If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow the CDC’s unvaccinated travel instructions for domestic or international travel.
Choose safer travel options if you will be traveling with unvaccinated persons in a group or family.
Everyone, including those who are completely vaccinated, is forced to wear a mask on public transit and adhere to international travel guidelines.
If you are planning to travel for the holidays by land or air, these suggestions can help you stay healthy while on the road.
Travel By a Car:
Prepare your vehicle for the winter and keep an emergency kit on hand.
Before you leave, get a full night’s sleep and avoid drowsy driving.
Prepare for high traffic by leaving early.
Ensure that everyone in the car is correctly strapped up, regardless of how far or how small the distance traveled is.
Put your phone away; there are many distractions when driving, but cell phones are the primary offender.
Instead of sugary drinks, quench your thirst with water and no- or low-calorie drinks. Add slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, watermelon, or whatever fruit you choose to your water for taste. Another calorie-free choice is sparkling water. Bring a reusable water bottle with you for refills.
Pack healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts to replace cookies, chips, and candies. These healthful snacks might help you stay full. You may be less likely to consume something unhealthy if you have healthful meals on hand.
Plan stops throughout your route for short periods of physical activity.
When you are at a rest stop or in a convenience Store:
Take 10 minutes at a rest stop to walk, jog, or do some jumping jacks. Any physical exercise is preferable to none! Those ten minutes count toward the prescribed number of minutes of physical activity per week.
Snacks that promote healthy eating, such as fruit or nuts, should be chosen. You can also bring your meals to satisfy both your body and your pocketbook.
When you are at the Airport:
Consider making shorter or direct excursions between destinations to reduce the possibility of close encounters.
To minimize crowds, consider traveling at off-peak hours.
When possible, walk to your gate rather than taking a tram or shuttle. Some airports feature signage indicating how far you need to walk to your gate.
Make a plan ahead of time to make nursing more comfortable. Bringing a sling or soft infant carrier may make nursing more comfortable. Breastmilk and an electric breast pump can be transported on airlines.
9. Special Considerations
Even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an extra dosage, people who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be entirely protected.
They should continue to take all measures suggested for unvaccinated persons, including wearing a well-fitting mask until their healthcare physician advises them differently.
If a member of your household has a weaker immune system, is at increased risk for serious disease, or is unvaccinated, you may choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission.
If you are gathering with people from many families and possibly from different parts of the country, you may want to take additional precautions (e.g., avoid crowded indoor spaces before travel, take a test) before the event to lessen risk.
Do not put a mask on a youngster under the age of two.
So, Are we ready to celebrate our Holiday season with safety measures?..