The song proclaims that this is the most wonderful time of the year, but, it also might be the most stressful time of the year.
More and more research confirms that stress takes its toll and though this is a festive time of year with family and friends, it can be an extremely hectic time of year.
Nebraska Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joann Schaefer, says that is evident with the growing “To Do” lists facing everyone as they shop for that perfect gift, they attend various parties and they plan long road trips to make family gatherings.
“So, when you look at the holidays, there are a lot of people that are trying to do a lot in very compressed, short period of time and it takes its toll on your on your health, overall,” Schaefer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Our routines are nearly always the first casualty, including the healthy ones. We do not seem to have enough time to exercise. We cut down on sleep. We eat when we can and what we can.
Schaefer suggests that poses the biggest problem with trying to maintain our health. She understands we might not be able to maintain our routines, but she urges us to adjust them to fit this hectic, holiday time. Schaefer says there is no substitute for eating right, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep.
Schaefer says that if the schedule gets jumbled, squeeze in some time for exercise. Try to get some sleep, even if it takes a nap now and then and eat right. Pause a bit to take care of yourself.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]