by Heather Pitre, WHF Events and Communications Specialist
The classic song says, "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays." That is true for some. Those of us lucky enough to have homes and families we can enjoy may very well feel this way. But some people can't get home for the holidays. Some may not want to. Some don't have homes to go to.
One thing just about all of us can try to do this holiday season is to improve our health. It's not easy: we're surrounded by holiday parties, egg nog, too much alcohol, not enough sleep. We're spending more money, The pressure is on, stress levels can go through the roof, and health often becomes the last thing on our very long lists.
It's okay to take a break. To relax. To unwind and let things go for a while. It's a great idea to take time out and recharge our batteries at this time of year. We may not make it into the gym. But we can still do small things to keep our health, and our spirits, in great shape. You can become a Champion, log in and log miles any time on our website. It's still a fun, free way to track your physical activity.
Now may not be the time to climb mountains or run marathons, but try taking small steps. Take a walk. Eat a few cookies at the next party rather than 10. Call a friend or family member you haven't talked to in a while. Sleep in a little longer. Be kind to yourself. Don't neglect your health completely, and you'll be in fine shape to start the new year off right.
If you need help understanding your health insurance, reviewing benefits, or finding out how much more we can offer as your health insurance broker, talk to our Personal Health Advocates, or call 1-855-WA-HEALTH. We're here for you!
From all of us at the Washington Health Foundation, happy, healthy, holidays to you and yours.