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Healthy holidays make for happy holidays

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To help you prioritize your family’s health this holiday season, follow these simple tips.

The holidays can be a joyful time, but they can also be stressful, exhausting and challenging—especially if you or a loved one is dealing with cancer. To help you prioritize your family’s health this holiday season, follow these simple tips.

Tip 1: Travel safe
If you're flying during the holidays, you know that airports and airplanes are full of germs and crowds. Protect yourself and those around you by getting the flu shot as soon as possible, and wash your hands regularly. If you or a loved one is traveling with cancer, call the TSA Cares hotline (877-787-2227) or our Atlanta cancer center (678-841-0014) to learn more about simplifying your experience.

Tip 2: Get plenty of rest
Between family gatherings and holiday festivities, it’s easy to let sleep fall to the wayside. According to our Atlanta cancer center’s behavioral health provider, Elaine Smith, getting a good night’s rest can help support better digestion, alertness, cardiovascular health and mood.  To make sure you get enough Zs, stick to a consistent sleep schedule, limit your caffeine intake and establish a relaxing bedtime routine.

Tip 3: Keep moving
While the holiday season can derail your day-to-day plans, it’s still important to keep up with your exercise routine! Whether you’re running, lifting weights or simply taking a walk with the family, maintaining physical activity can enhance your wellbeing and help you get back into the swing of things in the new year.

Tip 4: Stick to moderation
From food to drinks to desserts, the holidays offer plenty of chances to indulge, but moderation is key. Try to limit your intake of foods that are processed, fried, sugary or salty. Take a look at our favorite healthy recipes to start planning nutritious and tasty meal options for the whole family.

Tip 5: Remember to relax
Stress—even "positive stress" from exciting holiday plans—can take a toll on your body and mind. To help manage stress this holiday season, remember to incorporate mindfulness into your schedule. From meditation to yoga to breathing exercises, stress relief can help you feel your best this holiday season.