Greetings, Those of the Empty Nest Persuasion!
Today I have some random tips I’ve seen here and there and some I’ve thought of on my own to help us all stay happy and healthy during the holidays and the cold winter. (NO, that is NOT me in the picture. I DO NOT shovel show!)
Since I live in Florida, my winters aren’t THAT cold but we do travel north for the holidays and when you’re used to it being 90 degrees, 70 can feel rather cool. (No chuckling please.) We do actually wear sweats when it’s around 70. (I said, don’t laugh.) Our kids who still live up north think we’re nuts but they’re actually just jealous that they’re in 2 feet of snow when we’re playing golf.
Anyway, here’s the list:
1. Install a carbon monoxide alarm and a smoke alarm if you don’t already have them. If you do have them, make sure their batteries are good and that the alarms are working OK.
2. Get a flu shot.
3. Quit smoking.
4. Eat less salt and sodium.
5. If you’re useing cold and flu remedies be sure to follow the usage instructions. While we generally know that too much isn’t a good thing, it’s also not such a good thing to use too little as you may not get the desired relief with a too-small dose.
6. Buy generic prescription drugs if possible.
7. If you see a specialist and he or she prescribes new drugs, be sure to tell your regular doctor too.
8. If there’s bad weather on the way, be sure you have everything you’ll need on hand for the next few days so you don’t have to venture out in 3 feet of snow.
9. Get ready for tax season and file early to avoid the stress of filing late in the season. Besides that, if you’re getting a refund, you may as well get it as quickly as you can.
10. Exercise, even if it’s just raising your legs up and down while watching TV.
11. Consider hiring someone young and healthy (or someone with a plow) to shovel or blow your snow.
12. Read, do puzzles, play games or watch game shows on TV to keep your mind alert and active.
Happy Winter Everyone!