Posts Tagged ‘holiday health’

Tis the Season to Be … Stressed Out and Sad?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

I don’t know about you, but my Christmases as a child were simple perfection. Oh, sure there were the occasional scuffles, but how could you not be thrilled with a day of presents, food, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, food and presents?

As an adult, the holidays can still be joyful, but things are … different. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, spending, cooking, cooking. It can get overwhelming. Add to that the fact that some of those family members may not be around anymore, and it’s no wonder some of us react to “Joy to the World” with a lump in our throat.

For our featured article this week, family doctor Andrea Gordon answers three winter mental-health questions. It’s is a quick read and sheds light on some issues, like how expectations from childhood can mar our adult enjoyment.

How’s your holiday season going? How do you deal with—or ward off—holiday stress and sadness?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Tis the season … for colds, flu, weight gain … ah, holidays.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The coming holidays turn our hearts and thoughts to family, friends, charity, good will, peace and kids with runny noses.  Check out the column I wrote for Homemaker Barbi on nine ways to keep your kids healthy during the winter. Anything to help, right?

Also, I collaborated with Carole Carson on a post at Basil & Spice titled “Is Holiday Weight Gain Inevitable?” A new study concludes, maybe it is.  Best prevention? Exercise.

Good stress, bad stress: It all adds up. How to cope with economic downfall, holidays.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

If you are not stressed in these economic times, you should be, or so it seems if you listen to the media long enough these days.  The holidays are coming up also, and here’s the thing: There is good stress and bad stress but your body treats it the same.  It adds up quickly.  Ever heard of the Holmes-Rahe Live Inventory Scale (PDF download)?

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Vanderbilt Doctors Warn Against “Merry Christmas Coronary”

Friday, December 14th, 2007

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Some studies have actually shown an increase in the incidence of heart attacks (MI’s) during the Christmas holidays. Others have shown that the risk of death from these MI’s is higher also (possibly due to shorter medial staffing during the holidays). So the obvious reaction should be to try your best to decrease your risk of an MI.

The Vanderbilt physicians offer valuable advice toward this end. However, I think they left out a key factor, which is stress. There are so many things going on with the gift giving, parties, traveling, family reunions, etc. Good stress can affect you as much as bad, and it is additive. So plan ahead a little to limit it. (more…)

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