Helpful Tips to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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With the holidays almost here, one of the biggest things to be conscious of is staying healthy as you gather with friends, family and other loved ones. In this blog, we will look at just a handful of things that you can do to ensure that you stay healthy this holiday season. Read on to discover more!

Wash Your Hands

With the holidays comes the many gatherings that we will host and attend. Friends and family come from far distances to spend time with us all, and with all this meeting, greeting, dining and laughing comes germs. Surely you can’t stop others from getting sick, but you can do many things to ensure that you stay healthy, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure that you’re washing your hands on a semi-regular basis. All the handshakes and highfives add up, and with flu season coinciding with the holidays, it’s very easy to get sick just by attending and hosting gatherings. Washing your hands before you eat, after greeting people and before and after using the restroom will greatly cut down on the amount of germs you are exposed to and transmit. Remember, though, we said to wash your hands semi-regularly, as washing your hands too much can actually wear down your immunity to germs and viruses and actually increase your chance of getting sick. Be mindful, but don’t go overboard.

Try to Reduce Stress

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the holiday season is the added stress that comes with it. The pressures of travel, having to entertain guests, cook meals and buy gifts can certainly lead one to feel a great amount of stress at times. While some level of frustration is going to be common at some point this holiday season, trying to reduce your stress level will do wonders for your health. Heightened stress levels can affect your mental, emotional, and physical health, and not doing anything to treat it can actually make you get sick. The last thing that you want this holiday season is to be sick and/or unable to spend time with friends and loved ones. If you found yourself feeling the pressures of a holiday shopping trip that took far too long, take time to relax at home with a warm bath and some tea. For all the time that you will be spending with others, make sure to find moments for yourself so that you can unwind, breathe and recharge.

Get Adequate Rest

Along with all the gatherings, activities, and preparation that comes along with the holidays, at times it seems as though there aren’t enough hours in a day to accommodate for all the holiday fun. Regardless of the fact that you will be finding yourself busier than usual, it’s more important than ever for you to be getting adequate rest. Things like travel, hours in the kitchen, and late nights spent with friends and family can all take a physical toll on us, and for this reason, you need to make sure that you’re getting an adequate amount of rest each night to provide you with the necessary energy needed for you to be able to wake up the next day and do it all again. A lack of sleep can reduce the function of your immune system, and if you’re keeping busier than usual on top of this, that can only make the situation worse. With this in mind, be sure to get as much sleep as possible to ensure that your holiday season is as relaxing as it is enjoyable.

Eat Well, Eat Healthy

One of the best things about the holidays is the food. From the fantastic meats to the endless casseroles, bakes and desserts, sharing a meal with our friends, family and loved ones is easily one of the best things about the holidays. In some cases, however, holiday foods may not always be the healthiest, especially for those of us suffering from high cholesterol and diabetes. With that in mind, we don’t necessarily have to completely abstain from enjoying these delicious foods, we just need to closely monitor our eating habits. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet will help offset these delicious diversions.

Finally, as we’ve mentioned so many times in previous blogs, exercising regularly is never a bad idea, and getting in some physical activity between gatherings will provide a balance to some of these holiday treats.

These are just a few ways that you can help yourself stay healthy this holiday season. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we are proud to provide the greater Harrisonburg area with high quality healthcare plans, including Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid Insurance. We want nothing more for you to be happy and healthy at all times, especially during the holidays. For those times when you need it, however, our Professional Agents work hard to help you find a plan that perfectly fits the needs of you and your family. For more information on our health care insurance services, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

Do I Need Vision Correction? 5 Quick and Easy Ways to See How

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Having perfect vision, while not entirely uncommon, is certainly not something that you encounter every day. According to the Vision Council of America, it is estimated that roughly ¾ of the American adult population need some sort of corrective eyewear, be it glasses or contact lenses. That being said, needing vision correction is probably more common than you think, but how do you know if you need vision correction? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you figure out whether or not you may need glasses, contacts or corrective surgery.

Generally Blurry Vision

This one is pretty obvious, though some may dismiss this as a natural byproduct of aging. Don’t fret, there is hope, and lots of it! If you find your vision generally being blurry from time to time, this may just mean that you are developing either farsightedness or nearsightedness. If you are experiencing blurry vision at any distance in any capacity, it’s certainly worth having it checked out, as it’s certainly something that can be corrected, and quite easily.

Frequent Squinting

This one is also a bit obvious, but again, some tend to dismiss this and give it little thought. If you find yourself squinting a lot, think about this — you’re squinting because you’re finding it hard to see. When viewed that way, it probably seems a bit obvious. Quite simply, if you notice that your vision improves significantly when squinting, or that you can only see clearly when squinting, you may be in need of vision correction.

Fatigue and Headaches

If you find yourself feeling more tired than usual or experiencing frequent headaches during the day, these could both be signs that you may need vision correction of some sort. In a way, these are tied to squinting, in that squinting puts additional stress on your eyes in order for you to see clearly, and that constant stress can lead to headaches or added tiredness. Regardless of the correlation, if you find yourself experiencing a higher than average level of fatigue or headaches, glasses or contacts may be worth looking into.

Computer Related Difficulties

Given, using a computer in and of itself can be tricky, but do you find yourself having trouble reading on your computer or tablet? Struggling to read the text on a computer screen may actually be a symptom of farsightedness, something that could require vision correction. Try and distance or position yourself closer or further away from your screen to see if it either improves or worsens your ability to read. Based off of this basic test, you may need glasses or contacts.

Most importantly, however, you should consult an eye doctor before making any decisions, as they will be able to properly test you to see if you do indeed need vision correction. Finding an eye doctor that works for best for you can sometimes be difficult, but thankfully you don’t have to go through entire health insurance process alone. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care associates, we are here to help you find a vision plan that accurately suits your needs, be it through Medicare, the healthcare marketplace, or otherwise. Contact us today to find the best plan for you.

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