Your Health and the Holidays

It’s that time of year again where we join together to celebrate the holidays–a celebration that, for many, can cause more anxiety than joy. “Holidays come with their own levels of stress without COVID. We’re worried about financing and travel,…

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It’s that time of year again where we join together to celebrate the holidays–a celebration that, for many, can cause more anxiety than joy. “Holidays come with their own levels of stress without COVID. We’re worried about financing and travel, interacting with family, or the stress of preparing a big meal or hosting your family at the house. In this COVID era there is so much uncertainly and because of that people are experiencing more anxiety and more levels of stress,” said Dr. Tiffany Smith-Sutton, a family medicine resident at Lee Health.

As make our holiday plans, it’s important that we continue to take appropriate COVID-19 precautions. “What’s different this year is that we have the COVID vaccine, which can look different in that people feel safer to gather in larger groups; but traditional holiday behavior such as hugging or kissing to greet each other or eating off each other’s plates or crowding around each other in small environments, holding hands in prayer, those are things that can still transmit COVID so we do recommend against those things,” she said.

If you’re planning on being around a large group of people she recommends gathering outside, wearing a mask, and social distancing. “We do recommend the vaccine because the vaccination helps to decrease our risk of contracting the virus and it decreases our risk of the virus being able to replicate as quickly as it normally would,” said Dr. Smith-Sutton.

All can keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season and help to minimize holiday anxiety.

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