The District in Tustin

“Surviving the Holidays”

By Peggy Tanous

The holidays are in full swing and Christmas parties have already started. With the hustle bustle of work, kids, holiday shopping, planning time with family and friends and hosting a holiday dinner, it is often easy to get sick this time of year. Stress is a huge factor in getting sick and all the busy places this time of the year also contribute to being run down.   I wanted to share some easy tips to help prevent you from getting sick this holiday season.

First and foremost wash your hands often. I always wash my hands when I get home first thing and always after I touch money. I also always carry hand sanitizer and wipes with me at all times. I will wipe down shopping carts before using them and even door knobs. Drink plenty of water and liquids to hydrate your body and help flush it out! I take extra vitamin C this time of year. Your body can never have enough. You will simply flush it out. If I feel something coming on I will literally take 10 thousand plus units three times a day. It works. I wake up the next day feeling back to normal. Another important factor in preventing yourself from getting sick is lots of sleep. I try to go to bed a little earlier than usual when it’s a busy time of the year. My body requires at least seven hours of sleep per night to feel good. Everyone is different, but I would say you definitely do not want any less than six hours per night.

As for home remedies, everyone has their own, but one I found to work fairly well is called “Nature’s Flu Shot.” Here is what you will need:

  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups of pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Blend in a blender or shake in a jar. Drink ½ cup a day during flu season or 3 times per day if you feel you are starting to get sick.

Having fresh ginger on hand is always a good idea. I also heard a good remedy for clearing a stuffy nose. I have not tried this yet, but plan on it. Cut an onion if half and leave one half at the side of your bed when you go to sleep. Apparently you will wake up with a clear head.

Beyond the physical aspects of getting sick, you also have to be aware of the mental stress of the holidays. This time of year is also known as the worst time of year for depression and suicide. A lot of people are alone on the holidays and have nobody to spend time with. My husband and I always open our home on Christmas Eve to friends that don’t have family in town or perhaps they don’t want to be with them. This is the time of year to do that little gesture of paying it forward. But also be kind to yourself. If you find being with certain family members during this time of year doesn’t make you happy then don’t do it out of obligation. Take care of yourself and be around those that make you feel loved and welcome. Also, if you find yourself getting impatient, angry or upset with crowds take a minute to take some deep breaths and relax. Most importantly, live in the moment and enjoy yourself. Happy Holidays to all of you and I look forward to being with you again next year!! If you have questions or comments for me feel free to email me through my site at or on FB and Twitter. Make the rest of 2014 a great one and start setting your goals for 2015!!!