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Keeping Yourself Safe and Healthy Over Winter

By Lyndsay @balancebrunette
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Across the country, people are getting ready for the holiday season. They are planning presents and scouring their attics searching for decorations. The holiday cheer is undoubtedly in the air. 

While this is an excellent time of year to reconnect with friends and family and enjoy not just the end of the year, but the end of the decade, you also need to make sure that you look after yourself. There are a lot of things that could affect your safety and health over the winter, so knowing what to look out for will allow you to navigate the season confidently. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Some of you may live in the sunnier parts of the country (like me!), but those who need to deal with several hundred pounds of white nonsense every winter understand that it is nothing to take lightly. 

With the cold comes snow, and with snow comes ice, which can be dangerous to everybody from you to your grandma to your postman, and even your car. The risk of injury increases exponentially over winter with harsh conditions, so make sure to equip yourself with snow boots and snow tires.

These may not be enough, though, so if you suffer an injury while out and about, a personal injury law firm can help ease the pain and help you afford any medical bills your insurance may not cover. 

Illness In the Air

With cold weather also comes illness. Flu season is ready to strike, and if you spend a lot of your time with children or the elderly, you put them at risk as much as you do yourself. 

A flu shot now is essential to keep you at your best over the holidays, but you should also make sure that everyone you hold near and dear gets theirs, too. 

However, you can’t just keep yourself hidden away inside in hopes that you’ll stay healthy, as this can affect your immune system, so exposure to these potential illnesses will give your body the ability to overcome them later. 

Overwhelmed With Responsibility

It’s not just injuries and illnesses that can affect your holiday happiness. You also need to watch out for doing too much for too many. 

There are so many things to do over the Christmas period that you’ll find little time in the day for some essential self-care. So, it’s crucial that in between work, shopping, seeing people, and other preparation that you manage to make time for yourself. 

This can be a quick soak in the tub, reading your favorite book, or fitting your hobby in while the kids are busy doing homework. It won’t take long, but the benefits will astound you. 

Personal Health and Safety

It’s too easy around the winter months to take on as much responsibility as you can, but doing too much could end with you getting hurt, injured, or overwhelmed by it all. This time of year is something you should embrace and enjoy, and also take the chance to give yourself some time to recharge. When you do, you can stride into the new year and the new decade with renewed energy ready for whatever 2020 has in store. 

•How are you keeping safe and healthy this winter?

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