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10 Healthy Gifts You Can Give Yourself This Holiday Season

12-11-2019

If you had to give your overall health and wellness a score between 0 and 100, what would your number be? The average American’s number is 61, according to the Gallup National Health and Wellbeing Index.

This holiday season, we’ve come up with 10 ways for you to improve your number. Some are simple ways to add joy to the holiday season. And others could have positive, long-lasting effects on your health, long after the holidays have passed. Try one that resonates with you, or “unwrap” all 10 healthy gifts throughout the holiday season!

  1. Shrink Your Stress—with More Sleep.
    Too often, our stress levels are elevated during the holiday season. One of the keys to keeping your stress level in check during the holiday season and year-round is to improve your sleep habits. Did you know the recommended amount of sleep for the average adult is 7 or more hours of sleep? In Maryland, 38-44% of adults don’t meet these criteria. Now is a great time to try a few new habits that can help you improve the quality of your sleep:
  • Remove electronics from your bedroom. Dock your phone downstairs or in another room so it doesn’t interrupt your sleep.
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark. Treat yourself to room-darkening curtains as a holiday gift!
  • Being more active during the day can help you fall asleep faster at night. Make sure you’re keeping up with your fitness routine—or improving your exercise level—through the holidays.
  • More tips for healthy sleep can be found here.
  1. Unwrap Rewards.
    Sign up for a FREE Frederick Health Rewards membership, and you’ll be the first to know about upcoming events, members-only lunches, health and wellness news, and more. We offer lots of activities and benefits to fit a variety of lifestyles and schedules, all focused on helping you take an active role in your health and well-being.
  1. Be Merry, Medically!
    Are there doctor visits you’ve been putting off? Stay up-to-date with your primary care physician or dentist appointments, plus any specialists you need to see. Give yourself the gift of good health, and make appointments for yourself or family members.
  1. ‘Tis the Season for Moisturizing.
    As winter temperatures drop, so does the humidity, which can leave your skin feeling dry. Treat yourself to your favorite lotion, switch up your skincare routine to include milder soaps and cleansers, limit your time in hot showers, and be sure to drink plenty of water. More skincare tips can be found here.
  1. Eat Well, Be Well.
    It’s often a challenge to eat healthy during the holidays. Here are some resources to help you make healthy, nutritious choices—with occasional treats!
  1. Be Festive with Fitness!
    Carving out time for a fitness routine during the holidays can give you a rewarding sense of wellness, along with physical results. If you are on the fence or unsure about how to start or would feel more comfortable with personalized guidance to hold you accountable, Frederick Health’s ProMotion Fitness provides a safe, supportive environment. It’s designed as a partnership to help you reach your exercise goals, supported by the Exercise is Medicine philosophy. Sign up for a membership today!
  1. Quit Smoking.
    Studies show that smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. Additionally, second-hand smoke harms your friends and family members. Give yourself a priceless gift this holiday season by kicking the habit! Here are some resources to consider:
  1. Say Yes to Yoga.
    Yoga usually combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. And the benefits are many!
    • Americans who regularly practice yoga report reduced stress (86%), improved sleep (59%), and better overall health and wellness (82%).
    • At Frederick Health, we regularly offer seven different types of yoga classes for 8-9 week sessions, including Gentle Yoga (perfect for beginners), Senior Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and more.
    • Sign up today as a gift to yourself! Better yet, sign up with a friend or family member to spend quality time together! Click here for the complete class listing and contact info.
  1. Heart-Healthy Gift-Giving.
    Manage your holiday spending so you’re not over-extending your bank account. Holiday giving doesn’t have to be focused on expensive items. Give gifts from your heart that are heart-healthy for the recipients too! Here are a few affordable ideas:
  1. Give Back.
    Touch the lives of cancer patients by considering a donation to Frederick Health’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. This fund was created to assist patients who are having trouble obtaining medicines and medical services needed to help fight cancer. It’s supported entirely by community donations; every dollar donated goes directly to cancer patients.