It’s coming around to the holiday season and the time for everyone to relax and enjoy – right?
The fact is that a lot of pressure comes the holidays and health concerns, along with blood pressure, sky rockets for a lot of people.
Could Christmas be bad for your health? Well it doesn’t have to be. Imagine a healthy and enjoyable Christmas an New Years. I sincerely believe it’s possible.
The three big causes of high blood pressure and poor health in general are – poor diet, lack of exercise, and anxiety. All three of these factors can be exasperated during the holiday season as we sit around the dinner table gorging ourselves on various mixtures of sugar and grease, too stuffed to move and getting annoyed with our relatives.
OK, that’s the worse case scenario . It’s never usually that bad – but if we approach the holidays with a bit of forethought we can avoid the pitfalls and still have a really good time.
I’d even go as far as saying that a healthy Christmas could be happiest too.
So what to do? Live like a ascetic monk forgoing all the fleshy pleasures? Of course not. No need. Just try to strike a balance.
Enjoy Christmas dinner but don’t stuff yourself. Get some exercise before and after the meal.Strive for balance. You’ll feel better, more relaxed, and it’s less likely that that irritating cousin of yours will get under your nose and raise your blood pressure as usual.
Have a couple of drinks for New year’s Eve – but knock ‘em back till your comatose – less fun and really bad for your health – you’ll only start the New Year hung over and miserable.
Strive for balance. A balanced life is a happier life – and one were blood pressure stays within expectable limits.
Most importantly of all – stop worrying so much. Worrying never solved anything and simply put, it’s bad for your health. Worrying raises stress levels and blood pressure.
So the most important holiday message I have for you is – try not to get too stressed. Stress is the silent killer, not high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a symptom.