I’m really not trying to preach… But I must admit that many of us take for granted our safety and health during the holiday season. In the midst of the excitement of Christmas shopping, anticipation of gift exchange and relaxation of hanging with family and friends, we tend to  “cut a lot of corners…” For some, it may be “more okay” to cut people off in traffic to get a good parking spot in the mall. Drinking and driving seems to be “more acceptable” during this time of year. Exercise habits go straight into hibernation and large portions or high calorie foods are the tradition.

I am making a personal plea to you to keep things in perspective, don’t lose control and avoid risky unsafe behaviors. As a physical rehabilitation physician, we see patients who were lucky enough to survive serious accidents. However, these accidents unfortunately result in serious physical disabilities. And trust me… No one is immune.

Just think… The entire year you have built a strong foundation is staying safe, keeping fit and eating healthy. The end of the year is near, so DON’T BLOW IT!

A few things to keep in the back of your head, so you can make it to the next year’s starting point without stumbling:

  • Wear your seat belt. One of the easiest things you can do to stay safe. People drive crazy during this time period, so protect yourself.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Just don’t get caught up! Spending Christmas or New Year’s in jail, or worse, just is not worth it.
  • Keep your workout schedule. The season can be stressful. The best way to work it out is to… Work it out! All it takes is 20 minutes. Try to get in five good workouts, but squeeze in a least three each week to stay on track.
  • Control your portions. Listen for the click when you eat! Limit yourself to one plate of food each meal and also include one half a plate of fruits and vegetables, one fourth a plate of whole grains and one fourth a plate of a lean meat. If you are trying to lose weight, eat of a saucer-sized plate and you can’t go wrong.
  • Be safe around fireworks. All it takes is one mistake… Be careful. Stop smoking. Now is the time for a new start.
  • Stop smoking not only for your health, but also take a minute to calculate how much money you can save over the next year if you quit!  This is a habit you need to seriously consider quitting, considering that by 2020, smoking may be the #1 killer in America.
  • Give as much as you can, be courteous, and don’t expect anything in return. You can eliminate almost all of your stress if you change your mindset. Be generous, but make disappointment impossible. Every moment is precious, and let Christ fulfill all your needs this season. Don’t look to other people for fulfillment. Instead, try to be what they may be looking for.
  • Enjoy yourself. Thank God that you had another year to grow. Sit back, relax and have a good time.

Do you have any tips you would like to share? If so, share in the comments section below!