As the world celebrates Christmas The Solutions News medical analyst Ossy Ekwueme provides health tips for the season
Keep health in mind over the Christmas holidays
Make time to celebrate this holiday season but look out for your own and your loved ones’ physical and mental health. The holiday season can be one of joy, celebration, and coming together to spend time with family and friends. The flip side of gathering for parties, concerts, and events is the increased risk of exposure to the many viruses and bacteria that make life miserable for those who get sick from them.
The number of Flu and RSV cases are putting stress on healthcare providers and hospitals, especially among those who have complicating health issues such as asthma or weakened immune systems due to other health issues such as those undergoing chemotherapy.
As families plan holiday gatherings, they need to take into consideration their own health and the health of people around them. Those that are sick or have been exposed to illness should consider staying home from large gatherings or use precautions such as practicing social distancing, wearing appropriate masks, and frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer to prevent giving what you are fighting to others.
While Facetiming, Zoom, or telephone calls hardly can replace in-person visits, they are better than risking someone ending up being hospitalized. If you are sick, stay home and focus on getting well rather than exposing those around you.
While people need to be looking out for their physical health, it is also important to pay attention to mental health concerns this time of year. Other causes of mental health concerns over the holidays include dealing with grief and anxiety due to the pressures related to finances and wanting the “perfect” holiday season.
It is important to take time during the busy holiday season to focus on your own mental health needs and to be there as a support for family members and friends. In the hustle and bustle of the season, schedule some downtime to regroup and refocus. Again, it is very important to be proactive in looking out for your own and your loved ones’ physical and mental health this holiday season.
Make merry with care 🙏❤️
Dr. Osy Ekwueme