Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

By Emma Pliska, Features Writer 

The holidays are coming up fast: Christmas is coming up in about a month, Thanksgiving in about a week, and there’s only about two weeks of classes left before the semester is over (that’s a holiday, right?) Here’s some tips to keep yourself healthier during the holidays, and to make the most of them!


With the winter months coming, more and more people are getting sick. Flu season started around October, and will go on until about March. Get your flu vaccine, they’re only $15 through Student Health and can be student charged. Also, wash your hands more during these times, to eliminate the chance of taking box of tissues to your finals (not for your tears, for your germs!)

Stay well hydrated, and no, beer doesn’t count. Especially if you’re going to be hopping on any flights in the next month or so, staying hydrated is crucial to keeping all your membranes in your nose and throat moist, so that they can wash away germs easily. Already got a cold? Be even more careful about staying hydrated! If you’re turning up at an Ugly Sweater Party, be sure to stay hydrated too, water consumption mixed in with the alcohol consumption can help stave off a hangover. It’s something that is so easy to do, but is so often overlooked.

Cut down on 4AM Netflix binges. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to memory and cognitive functions, helps your body’s metabolism, helps with weight loss, and helps prevent getting sick!

On Thanksgiving, try to not to starve yourself all day so that way you can binge eat all the turkey your body (and pants!) can handle. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, and have everything in moderation. Don’t forget that alcohol packs on a ton of calories too!

Stay active! Though it hasn’t snowed yet, keep in mind fun physical activities like ice skating, sledding, snow-ball fights, and making a snowman. Ideally, we’re supposed to be active four to five times throughout the week.

Treat yourself! Whether that be baking yourself cookies, buying yourself that one thing that you’ve been wanting forever, or catching up on some extra Z’s, treat yourself for rocking this semester.

Spread the love. With all the tragedies happening around the world, we need to remember that we are all on one planet and to remember what the holidays are about: being with those you love and helping others. Donate some food, volunteer, smile, give out some compliments. Spreading some love and happiness is one of the quickest, easiest things to do, and it can leave a huge impact.

Don’t forget to enjoy the holidays and the time off with family and friends and those you love. Take this time off and have quiet reflection at church, or spend some time with your family’s pets, or spend some time with your friends. Enjoy the time that we have off of school and be sure to make the most of it!