The holidays are all about delicious food, spirited festivities, and quality time with friends and family. Unfortunately the days and weeks leading up to this special time of year are often filled with crowds, chaos, and stress. Because of this, we often lose sight of important things—namely our health. Our exercise routine disappears, our kitchens fill up with baked goods in preparation for holiday parties, and our stress levels rise.
This festive time of the year can disrupt our normal routines, causing changes in our body, behavior, and feelings. As stress mounts, you may experience headaches, exhaustion, and an increase in blood pressure which can have negative effects on your vision.
"It's not uncommon for me to see these types of complaints from patients," says Dr. Roger Phelps, a VSP doctor with OjaiEyes Optometry in Southern California. "I typically suggest that they get plenty of sleep to avoid headaches, dry eyes, and blurry vision." Stress can also trigger temporary eye twitching, which will likely recede once the stressors are gone. If eye twitching lasts for more than a couple of weeks, Dr. Phelps recommends seeing your VSP doctor. To protect your eyes—and body—from holiday stress, read on for some simple ways to relax and focus on your well-being.
Sneak it in whenever you can.
With all of the holiday temptations, it's hard to think about eating healthy. But there are ways to enjoy your favorite comfort foods without feeling guilty.
Take time for yourself and relax when you can.
Take care of yourself this season and you'll enjoy the holidays more! Curb your stress by keeping up with a realistic exercise routine, be conscious about your nutrition, and relax. You, and your loved ones will be glad you did!