Health & Happiness: Staying Healthy Heading into the Holidays

By Dr. Bryen Bell

The holidays are right around the corner and they can be a challenging time for our physical and emotional health. The high demands of the season tend to contribute to unhealthy habits. Kick things off right this season by focusing on your health.

Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

Eat Well: During the holidays, people typically gain 5-10 pounds. Maintain your weight by eating a well-balanced diet. A good rule of thumb is to indulge only in moderation. Choose healthy foods when eating at home and remember that many beverages are loaded with calories.

Avoid Injuries: Most injuries that occur during the holidays are caused by decorations. Be sure to check ladders before use and set them up properly. Remember to always lift with your legs, not your back to avoid strains and ask for help if needed.

Exercise: It might seem like a hassle to exercise during the holidays. A 30-minute walk clears your mind and energizes your body. Exercising boosts the immune system, improves mood, and helps your mind gain focus.

Relax: You might find yourself feeling frazzled by the season. Stress increases your blood pressure, deprives you of sleep, and weakens your immune system. Find time every day for self-care and relaxation.

Staying healthy will allow you to enjoy the holiday season. Any time you start to feel physical or emotional strain, it’s time to stop what you are doing and practice self-care.

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