Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

It’s officially Holiday Season! With Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner (seriously, where did 2014 go?), as well as the biggest social season of the year, we predict a very busy and tiring couple of weeks.

Hanging out with friends and loved ones until the wee hours of the night sounds like a great time, but unfortunately, combine that with a lack of sleep and cooler weather and it’s no reason that everyone has the sniffles. Getting a cold during the holidays can put a serious dent in your productivity and make everything a little less cheery.

We want you to have the most fun holiday season ever, so we’ve put together a few tips on how you can stay healthy in between parties!

1. Drink water. Water is important on so many levels. Drinking water will keep your skin plump and hydrated (is that a glow we see?), help you flush out toxins, and keep your energy levels up. Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and keep your body functioning at its best.

2. Watch your stress levels. Between work, family, social life, shopping for gifts and being the world’s best hostess, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Stress can affect your immune system, making you more prone to getting sick. Make sure you give yourself enough downtime to keep your body in check. Try lighting a relaxing candle like Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle and meditating for a few moments at the end of each day.

3. Get lots of sleep. Speaking of the end of the day, make sure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Yes, this might mean that you have to leave the party a little early, but are you really going to miss that one last boogie? Try a relaxing massage oil like Elemis De-Stress Massage Oil for a great night’s sleep.

4. Fight germs the natural way. Living in a big city means that you will inevitably come into contact with someone who has a cold. Carefully washing your hands throughout the day and avoiding touching your face will help keep germs at bay, but if you want a little extra protection look for a shower gel with tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial. We like Dr. Organic Tea Tree Body Wash, which also contains refreshing peppermint oil.

What are your tips for making it through the holidays without getting a cold?

–  Rebecca Harisson