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11 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

Ever notice how the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the biggest nightmare of the year? Holiday stress can happen to even the most seasoned holiday expert. There are several major factors that may cause a more stressful holiday season including over commitment, over indulgence, family conflicts, high expectations, and the interruption of regular routines. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you combat holiday stress:

1. Increase Sunlight Exposure

Autumn Allergies

Has autumn arrived and made you feel less than invigorated maybe more miserable? You're not alone if you can't stop sneezing and sniffling. The return of cold can be a little unbearable for some. You may be suffering from a pollen allergy like allergic rhinitis or hay fever. These allergies to typically flair up in the fall.

Exercising At Any Age

Regular exercise and physical activity are imperative to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults.

Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce life time health benefits. That's why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.

In addition, exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older.

Prepare for Emergencies

Emergencies occur all of the time and no one is excluded from these unexpected risks. Though you cannot fully be prepared for all situations, there are rules of thumb you can follow to better prepare for such events. These rules will not only help you, but help the medical professionals assisting you to better treat you in a timely manner.

A Tempting Dose of Holiday Reality

Holiday festivities tend to be a time of temptations, a time where even the most health-conscious individuals indulge in a large variety of foods. There may be 20 different dishes in front of you and your goal may be to try every single one, twice. This article wasn’t written to discourage such behavior, but to aid and warn in the health risks and signs to watch for.

Large meals increase the risk of heart attacks, gallbladder pain, drowsiness, fatigue and much more.

How much should I expect to gain with my pregnancy?

If your weight was in the normal range before you got pregnant, a weight gain of 25-35 pounds is recommended.

It's important for a woman to discuss and monitor her weight and nutritional needs with her doctor throughout the pregnancy.

Weight gain recommendations will vary for women who are underweight before conceiving, for those who are obese, and for those with a multiple pregnancy (twins etc.).

Eating For Two?

Pregnant women are bombarded with advice in regards to eating right but not all advice is good and it can be a little overwhelming.

Eating healthy foods is more important now than ever! You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. You also need more calories.

But "eating for two" doesn't mean eating twice as much. Rather, it means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby.

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