Nov 12, 2023

Improve Your Health Over the Holidays

Healthy Living.

As the season changes and the leaves fall, the Crisp Regional family embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving. Amidst the hustle and bustle that typically accompanies the holiday season, it’s crucial to take a moment to reflect on gratitude and consider positive changes in our lives.

Thanksgiving often finds itself squeezed between the festive decorations of Halloween and the melodious carols of Christmas, with stores filling their shelves with yuletide decor as early as November 1st. Before plunging headlong into the Christmas festivities, let’s pause to savor the turkey and cherish family connections!

Here are five health-enhancing activities to consider during this time with loved ones:

  1. Engage in health discussions with your family: Thanksgiving offers an opportune time to delve into your family’s medical history, a vital component in understanding your own health risks. By openly discussing health matters, you can gather valuable information that aids your doctor in making informed decisions about your health screenings and overall well-being.
  2. Inquire about advanced directives within your family: An advanced directive is a legal document that articulates your preferences for end-of-life care. These preferences may encompass decisions about life-sustaining measures, such as the use of breathing machines or feeding tubes. Initiating conversations about advanced directives in advance ensures that your family’s wishes are honored even when they can no longer express them due to illness.
  3. Take a post-Thanksgiving meal stroll: Combat the effects of post-meal glucose levels by going for a walk after the Thanksgiving feast. This simple activity is beneficial for individuals with diabetes and those without, contributing to overall health and well-being.
  4. Embrace laughter: Laughter has been proven to reduce inflammation, enhance mood, alleviate depression, and lower stress hormones. According to the American Heart Association, laughter can also boost “good” cholesterol and positively impact heart health. So, don’t underestimate the power of a good laugh during the holiday celebrations.
  5. Unplug and be present: In a world dominated by electronic devices and constant connectivity, take a break from the digital realm during Thanksgiving. Turn off cell phones and other electronic gadgets to fully engage in face-to-face conversations with your loved ones. This simple act can create meaningful connections and contribute to a more memorable and fulfilling holiday experience.

Above all, relish this time with your loved ones. From everyone at Crisp Regional Hospital, Happy Thanksgiving!

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