Watch the Woes of Winter

Winter is not only the cold and flu season, but now that there’s Covid, there’s all the more reason to stay well.

All the the advice pertaining to Covid helps to stop the spread of colds and the flu as well.
Frequent hand washing for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and running water.

Sanitizing areas where multiple people congregate such as break rooms or the elevator.
Keep your distance if you can.

Stay properly hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.

Exercising consistently is a well-known boost to the immune system.

And bundle up so that you can get outside and enjoy the fresh air as much as you can.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

Be safe on ladders while taking down your holiday lighting.

If you’re working anywhere near powerlines, use a wooden or fiberglass ladder. Touching a metal ladder to a powerline or having one arc over onto a ladder you are standing on may send you to the emergency
room.

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Don’t Fire Up the Fireplace Unless It has been Cleaned

As tempting as it may be to end your holidays next to a warm, inviting fire, don’t assume that your chimney is clean because it hasn’t been used since last Christmas.

Make sure the flu opens and shuts properly. A closed flu or one that slips closed will fill your house with smoke. Even small amount of chimney buildup can allow carbon monoxide to enter the house.

Keep a good carbon monoxide detector close to the fireplace. Better an obnoxious alarm sounds than not if there is carbon monoxide in the air.
If everyone feels sleepy suddenly, or gets a headache get everyone out of doors immediately and call 911.

It may not be the best idea to act as your own chimney sweep. Hire someone who is comfortable around roofs, ladders and chimneys.

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Dealing with Stress Around The Holidays

Get Some Fresh Air. Research indicates that a boost in Vitamin D from the sunlight may increase your levels of seratonin, giving you a more relaxed feeling. And deep breathing increases oxygen in your tissues which is always helpful.

Try Not to Alter Your Sleep Schedule. Even if you have to cook, and clean and shop, get to bed on time. A lack of sleep can increase your stress levels.

Get Some Exercise. Exercise will help you maintain your energy and your sleep cycle. This isn’t the time for an entirely new exercise regime, just do something fun 20-30 minutes per day.

Come In for a Good Neuromuscular Massage. Nothing can relieve muscle tension and stress the way good body work can.

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Cautions of Snow Shoveling

Snow shoveling can be an intense workout, especially if you’re not used to doing it. The combination of stress on the heart and the cold temperatures can lead to a heart attack. If you’re not in shape, shovel a little at a time, then go in and relax and warm up before shoveling more. If you have sore muscles after shoveling, come in for a good neuromuscular massage.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath While You Stretch

Your muscles need oxygen throughout the stretch so take good deep, slow breaths as you stretch. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure. Simple stretches such as shoulder rolls don’t require that you hold them, but other stretches such as quadriceps stretches should be held for at least 20 seconds. 60 seconds is even better.
Remember to breathe throughout the stretch.

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