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Stress Avoidance Heading Into 2017

Eating balanced meals can help you avoid stress heading into the New Year. (M. Clifford)
Eating balanced meals can help you avoid stress heading into the New Year. (M. Clifford)
December 26, 2016

BOSTON – This time of year, many people focus on fun parties, quality family time and gift-giving, but it can lead some to get caught up in the chaos and consumerism of the holiday season – and that can leave them stressed out, tired and even sick.

Dr. A.K. Misra, medical director of U.S. HealthWorks, has a few suggestions for staying healthy and stress-free during the holidays: First get your sleep, because he says no amount of holiday chores or events is worth losing sleep over.

Misra warns the lack of rest eventually has an effect on your body.

"Be it headaches, be it just being slower, having a shorter temper, people should be able to cue in on the signs that we know about ourselves," he points out.

Misra adds people are indoors in close quarters, so germs spread quickly. He recommends washing hands frequently and trying not to spend too much time in crowded places.

Misra says it's the time of year when people eat more than they should, and that can add to their problems.

To keep energy up, he recommends eating balanced meals and healthy snacks rather than relying on caffeine, fast food and holiday sugar fixes.

"What people do is, they'll 'stress-eat,'” he explains. “They'll eat poorly in response to stress. If you're putting bad fuel in, you're going to make this a lot worse."

And even though the weather is cold, exercise is key. Misra says taking a brisk walk outdoors or squeezing in a visit to the gym will help work off some of the stress associated with holidays.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA