The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes it easy to forget to slow down and take care of yourself.

Enjoy the holiday season while staying healthy and safe by using these five tips from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) wellness team.

1. Find seasonal activities that get your body moving
It’s no secret the holidays increase the number of events on your social calendar, making it difficult to squeeze in daily workouts. Get your body moving while embracing seasonal activities, such as dancing to your favorite carols, trekking up hill to go sledding and skating at a local ice rink. Physical activities like these not only get you in the holiday spirit, but can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, make you feel better and sleep better, according to the CDC.

2. Think warm and cozy when dressing for the outdoors
Make sure you bundle up when braving the cold. Warm, loose-fitting, layered clothing and tightly woven, water-repellent outer garments are the items that will best protect you from the elements. Read: if you feel like a squishy marshmallow when you leave the house, you’re layering up right.

3. Wash your hands, rinse and repeat
Having clean hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and sharing germs with others, according to the CDC. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs. Your digits touch everything. Keep ‘em clean.

4. Balance holiday treats with responsible choices
Picture this: You’re at a holiday party. Festive sugar cookies, fruit cake and eggnog are well within reach. How do you avoid the sweet temptations calling your name? For starters, don’t avoid all the good stuff. It’s okay to indulge in special treats around the holidays. The key is to think about balance when filling up your plate. If you know you’re going to indulge later in the day, start off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast that includes whole grains, protein and fruit. While at the party, back away from the food table and mingle to limit unconscious nibbling.

5. Keep holiday stress in check
‘Tis the season for financial and emotional stress. The holidays are a wonderful time to create cherished memories, but all the activities, shopping, and baking can take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep holiday stress in check by monitoring your social calendar for over commitments, tracking spending, staying positive and getting proper sleep.

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