Being single during the holidays
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There are couples kissing under the mistletoe, holding hands while skating alongside each other and other lovey-dovey things that make you cringe. It’s holiday season and if you’re spending it without a significant other, we get it: it sucks. Whether you usually care about being single during the holidays single status or not, there’s something about this time of year that keeps throwing coupledom in your face.

There’s no point in lying about it, so let’s just get all of our cards on the table. Here are 10 reasons why being single during the holidays can be the absolute worst. Are you saying you wouldn’t like locking lips with your other half beneath an inanimate object or a branch? Or when you can’t remember where you parked the car. I’m sorry, but we all can’t be Beyonce. Or help us when we fall on our butts.

And nobody to hold you during those sappy moments. The gifts, the engagement rings, the damned mistletoe. But who knows, you could be great at it. Why buy myself a gift when I can get it from someone else?

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The holidays are one time of the year when you really want to feel your best. But they’re also a minefield of health woes, from cold and flu bugs to party hangovers. Beyond getting the flu vaccine, there’s a lot you can do to help your body weather the season. Clean anything you might touch so you don’t pick up germs that those who sat there before you left behind,” says Amy Nichols, RN, director of infection control at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. From what we can tell from our results, no one ever disinfects those things,” adds environmental microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD. Marc Leavey, MD, primary care physician at Lutherville Personal Physicians in Lutherville, Maryland. Staying well-hydrated keeps those mucous membranes moist so they can better keep bugs out of our systems.

Down 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air. DVT can be life-threatening if a clot breaks off and travels to the lungs. To avoid it, move around the cabin every 60 to 90 minutes. And if you tend to get clots, talk with your doctor about support hose. Pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your purse, and use it regularly.

The germs on your hands are the single biggest threat to your health, any time of year,” Dr. That’s because cold viruses tend to spread more from hand-to-mouth contact than through airborne droplets, making mall doors, escalator rails, elevator buttons, and ATM touch screens virus central. Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a single Swedish massage session lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol and boosted several types of white blood cells, which protect the body against germs. Only have 10 minutes to spare? Says study leader Mark Rapaport, MD: “I suspect some massage is better than none.

Don’t fall into the “I deserve this treat! Yes, strolling around the mall is good exercise. That said, we tend to overestimate just how many calories we burn when we shop, says Cris Slentz, PhD, exercise physiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. At most you burn 150 calories an hour if you weigh 150 pounds, and that’s a pretty generous estimate,” he says. Reality check: You’d have to walk for six hours to burn off a Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll. Speaking of Cinnabon, “packing healthy snacks in your bag helps you fight temptation,” says New York City registered dietitian Ilyse Schapiro, RD.

If you run yourself ragged and don’t get a good night’s sleep, you risk getting ill just because you’ve worn down your body’s defenses,” Dr. Think of it as preventive medicine. We know to wash our hands and drink lots of liquids. Reducing stress is another way to avoid getting ill,” notes Chicago psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD. We’d never tell you to pass up tasty holiday fare, but if you’re feeling bloated after too many nights of baked Brie, try this simple party trick: Pop gum in your mouth 15 minutes before hitting the buffet table. Downing a mint in between servings can help, too: “It gives your body time to get a read on whether you are full or not,” Albers says.