RadioMD: The Dr. Leigh Vinocur Show

Holiday Stress and Visits to the ER

December 5, 20141 sec
How can you be safe and healthy during the stressful holiday season?The holidays can be a fun, exciting, and joyous time for many, but it can also be a stressful time for others. From overspending to juggling schedules and managing expectations, trying to keep it all together can do harm to your health if you're not careful.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are roughly 76 million causes of food poisoning that occur during the holiday season.Another reason you might take a trip to the ER during the holidays is because of the decorations. Even thought decorating the Christmas tree and putting up festive lights in your yard can put you in the holiday spirit, if not done safely it can pose some serious danger.For example, you may want to consider using non-breakable ornaments, make sure your large tree is secure, and if you have little ones it may be wise to put up a gate that blocks an entrance to the room where the tree is to keep them from trying to grab or climb up the tree.However, even though these are all examples of how your holiday can turn into an ER nightmare, the most common reason people land in the ER is because of stress. Stress can lead to overeating, excessive drinking, and spike your blood pressure which could spike your risk for a heart attack and other drastic health issues.What are some tips to stay healthy and stress-free during the holidays?One thing you might do without realizing is overscheduling. Even though you may be trying to please everyone, sometimes you just have to say no. You may also want to give time for yourself during the holiday season. Exercise also helps reduces tons of stress and can help boost your mood.What else can you do to help lower your stress during the holidays?Our expert will talk about what physicians see in the ER and what advice they can give to help the public to ease the problems.

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