Health & Happiness: Seasonal Safety

By Dr. Bryen Bell

The winter holidays are one of the most anticipated times of the year, but with high stress and changes in weather, they can also be a time of increased risk. Here are a few ways to stay safe this season:

Travel safety: The National Safety Council reports that auto fatalities spike in December and January. Be aware of icy roads, and if you plan on drinking make sure you have a designated driver or a taxi service to bring you home. If you plan any drives, be sure to give yourself ample time and avoid rushing.

Stress: Holiday planning can take over and lead to that bah-humbug feeling. Stress affects your sleep, weakens your immune system, and puts you at risk of illness. Avoid those big stressors by starting early, making a budget, and remembering that it’s okay if some things are out of your control.

Eat healthy and stay active: With all the great food and baked goods around, it’s easy to overindulge and taper off of your exercise routine. Remember that it’s far easier to keep that New Year’s Resolution if you have a solid foundation of good habits to back you up.

Prevent injuries: Home injuries spike during the holidays. From improperly used ladders to shoveling snow or even slipping on ice, if a personal injury occurs, you should promptly seek professional care with your Chiropractic Physician or MD to get you back on your feet and celebrating.

Dr. Bryen A. Bell is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with 20 years of professional experience. He practices with his wife and operates True Potential Chiropractic, a professionally endorsed, award-winning family care facility. Questions regarding any information in this article please contact 503-574-4872. Or visit them online at Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash