safe holidays

Five Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for celebrations and spending time with friends and family. Our team at MSCI is in the holiday spirit, and as we gear up for the holiday festivities, we wanted to put together a few tips on how to have a safe holiday. Following these tips ensures that your days are filled with cheer and holiday spirit and not an unexpected visit to the doctor’s office!

1)      Small parts in presents

One of the staples of the holidays is gift giving. If you have a little one running around, it is a good idea to keep a tab on what gifts they open. Toys with small parts can be a choking hazard for a small child. If you are the one giving the gift, consider assembling the toy first and reduce the number of potential choking hazards. You can then re-wrap the gift to give your child the same experience.

2)      Plan cooking ahead of time

The holidays usually involve some extravagant meals that involve a lot more steps than normal. Rushing through cooking can be dangerous, especially with multiple hot surfaces and sharp kitchen utensils. Creating a plan ahead of time can cut down on stress and also help avoid burns and cuts.

3)      Take care of yourself

With so much to do, so many people to see, and so much activity happening around you, it is easy to get overwhelmed around the holidays. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself. Find a quiet corner of your house, take a quick trip to the store, or do something that will ease your mind. Whatever it takes, de-stress and relax, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

4)      Exercise good hygiene habits

When you’re going to be around a lot of people, one of the most important things you can do is maintain good hygiene. Cover your mouth when you cough with your sleeve, wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading germs, and make sure you stay away from the elderly and little children if you are sick. It is easy to spread illnesses when you have so many people around, so do your best to stay healthy this holiday season.

5)      Keep a close eye on young ones

The holidays tend to be more exciting when you have young ones around. They bring an energy that few adults match. It’s important to keep a close eye on children as they run around, especially if you are not at your own home. Your hosts might not have childproofed their home as well as your own, so be sure that your child is safe this holiday season.

We hope that your holiday season is filled with happiness and joy. MSCI will be open for regular business hours every day except for December 25th. The clinic will re-open December 26th. We will also be closed on January 1. If you need to see one of our Irving doctors, consider making an appointment today!


5 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

The holiday season is joyous, hopefully filled with lots of time with family and friends, as well as great food and maybe even a present or two. However, the holidays aren’t all gingerbread and candy canes; usually the holidays bring a spike in accidents and trips to the hospital. If you want to avoid the potential accidents this holiday season, here are five tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday season.

1)      Find a way to de-stress

The holidays involve a lot of activity. Whether it’s positive like being with friends and family or frustrating like shopping and visits from the in-laws (just kidding!), activity can raise blood pressure and stress levels. Even if you don’t consciously feel stressed, your body might believe you’re in stress mode. It’s important, therefore, to find a way to relax. Talk to family members, go to a quiet place, and give yourself plenty of sleep to lower your body’s tension.

2)      Dress appropriately

Weather is one of the biggest causes of accidents, but a factor people don’t often pay enough attention to how they dress for the weather. The winter months, particularly in Texas, can be unpredictable. It’s important to dress versatile to keep warm. Wear layers so you can adapt to changes in the weather and transitions from inside to outside.

3)      Give yourself plenty of time

We’re always in a rush around the holidays. Traveling, shopping, cooking meals, cleaning the house—it’s all about activity! When there’s so much to do, we tend to rush to get it all finished, but the more we rush the greater the chance we make mistakes or cause accidents. Whatever you’re doing, make sure you have plenty of time. This can be a challenge, but not rushing through activities gives you a great chance of making it through the holidays happy and healthy!

4)      Drink safely

Toasting the holidays is common during this time of year, but it’s important to make sure that you follow the law and drink safely. If you plan on drinking with friends or family, call a cab or plan to stay where you are. Also, even if you haven’t been drinking, always be on the lookout for unsafe drivers. Stay clear of people weaving and driving recklessly.

5)      Stay active

With the weather chilly outside and the temptation of great food and company inside, it’s easy to fall out of our exercise routines, but it’s just as important as ever! Take a walk after holiday meals if the weather permits, or head to the gym. Even walking around the mall to return or finding holiday deals will make some difference. Just make sure you don’t stay completely sedentary this holiday!

Whatever you do this holiday season, we hope that you have a safe and happy holiday. Spend time with your family and enjoy your good health!