It’s a wonderful time of the year for staying healthy

The key to maintaining physical and emotional balance while being as stress-free as possible throughout the holidays is to be honest about the most important personal priorities.

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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 15, 2015 — For many Americans the Christmas season is the most highly anticipated and popular one of the year!

The 1963 song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” written by Edward Pola and George Wyle, expresses this sentiment beautifully. Along with the excitement of Christmastime comes an abundance of tasks such as holiday gift shopping, planning for events and get-togethers, responding to invitations and much more.

Individual stress levels can become heightened as the routine activities of life become temporarily multiplied in order to complete ever-expanding holiday to-do lists by Dec. 25.

Photo courtesy of Jim Sorbie/flickr
Photo courtesy of Jim Sorbie/flickr

The key to maintaining physical and emotional balance while being as stress-free as possible throughout the holidays is to be honest about the most important personal priorities.

  • Those in life that are most valued
  • The traditions held most dear
  • Where to spend time, whether at home, out of town, parties, private gatherings and the like
  • How much money is comfortable to spend throughout the Christmas season, and staying within a budget

Simply scrumptious Christmas gift: Homemade cranberry chutney

According to the recommendations of Dr. Leana Wen, commissioner at Baltimore City Health Department, there are “Eight Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy During the Holidays.”

  1. Eat well by only indulging in moderation.
  2. Stay active and maintain an exercise program.
  3. Prevent illness and injuries by staying warm, washing hands frequently to prevent colds and flu, and paying attention to icy walkways.
  4. Check your heating system, ensuring that it operates safely, while also paying special attention to fireplaces, stoves and burning candles.
  5. Travel safely, whether it’s in your neighborhood or on the other side of the globe, allowing plenty of time for traffic and changing weather conditions.
  6. Reduce stress by balancing daily and holiday obligations, taking measures which ensure self-care.
  7. Help others by paying attention to signs of depression among family and friends; these are often brought on by the holidays.
  8. Give yourself a treat by getting some extra sleep, taking time off to relax and do something fun, or getting a pampering manicure or massage.

Most of all enjoy each and every joyous minute the holidays bring–especially the goodwill for which they are intended.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistletoe-ing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near.”

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is an educator and a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the president and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at; on Facebook at, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare