Lots of things are going on especially with the kids. My high schoolers are very busy completing their requirements for the second quarter. This week, all the kids will be having their second quarterly exams. It will be a busy week for me, too, as I still tutor my youngest for her exams. That's why, as I mentioned in my last blog post, I don't accept full time online work.
When the kids are under stress, there is the possibility that they will get sick. My daughter was complaining last week of headache and feeling weak. Well, it's primarily because she lacked sleep as she needed to finish lots of homework. So, it's important for us parents to make sure to boost their immunity.
We also need this especially during the BER months as the days lead up to the Christmas holidays. Many people get stressed out because of busyness this time of the year with varied activities at work, school, and family gatherings, not to mention, rushing to do their Christmas shopping.
Do you get stressed during these times? Most likely you do even if just a little bit. The problem is if your immune system is not strong enough to fight against infections and illnesses, you might get sick. In this regard, I would like to share with you 5 tips to keep you and your family strong and healthy during the Christmas holidays.
1. Don’t forget about healthy eating, exercise and sleep.During the holidays, it’s very easy to set aside having a healthy diet with all the partying and eating out. But, we should not forget that getting enough nutrition is very important. Eat fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds that have the required nutrients, particularly antioxidants, which hunt for free radicals in the body to prevent cellular damage.
With the busy schedule of activities, we don’t mind missing our exercise regimen. But, remember that exercise contributes to a healthy immune system. It promotes good blood circulation, so our body cells and immune system can work efficiently.
With many instances of having to sleep late at night — because of wrapping Christmas gifts, partying and waiting for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve — we can become weak because of lack of sleep. As much as you can, take the time to get enough rest and sleep. This time is supposed to be joyous. It won’t be if we can’t stay healthy to join in all the fun.
2. Get the right vitamins for a strong immune system.Not only do our body need vitamins during the holidays, but on all other days of the year. One vitamin that you can’t do without is vitamin D. It is easy to get vitamin D with enough exposure to the sun, just 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight per day can boost your immune system.
Another vitamin that is important is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which strengthens the immune system and improves our resistance against sickness, especially having colds and flu. It can help hasten wound healing and keep the bones, teeth, and gums healthy.
When choosing a vitamin C supplement, which is better — ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate? Both forms of vitamin C have been found to provide the same benefits. But ascorbic acid can cause an upset stomach, while sodium ascorbate, being alkaline in nature, is gentle on the stomach.
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3. Keep things simple.My family always keeps Christmas and New Year celebrations simple. A great contributor to stress is putting up Christmas decorations and preparing delicious meals. There’s nothing wrong with that I guess, as long as you can plan ahead to diminish the stress that goes with it.
But what is really important to us is spending time together. So, we typically go to our parent’s house and prepare a good meal for the family, play some games and exchange gifts. Gifts need not be very expensive, useful ones are preferred, though when I buy gifts for my girls, I consider giving them toys they can play with, at least once a year.
4. Think positive.Positive thinking can affect your life in an amazing way. But does it help reduce stress? Definitely. According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of positive thinking include longer life, reduced depression and anxiety, strong natural immune system and lower risk of heart disease.
All of us may have had past negative experiences and we may not feel confident about our future. Leave the past behind and move on. Look on the bright side of things and we can see more possibilities in our lives. When we look at the world without the negative filters, we feel calm and more peaceful, despite the difficult situations.
Stop wasting time creating possible “what if ” scenarios. Instead, look at the present moment with very clear vision, and then choose a course of action which delivers a positive result.
5. Focus on important things.When we think that Christmas is not about all the beautiful decorations, the sumptuous meals nor the extravagant gifts, but about the gift of love, joy and salvation in Jesus Christ, then we can have the best and most meaningful Christmas. When we receive this gift, we have the best stress buster ever.
As you prepare for the holidays this year, I hope that this reminder can help you keep yourselves stress-free.