Holiday Survival Kit for Women -- UAMS Women's Health Newsletter
Holiday Survival Kit for Women -- UAMS Women's Health Newsletter

Holiday Survival Kit for Women

It’s the peak of holiday season, and you’re starting to wonder if this will be the year you lose it – the year your family will talk about for years to come when you locked yourself in a room with a cup of coffee, the TV remote and a cozy blanket, telling everyone else to just deal with it.
“Just stop for a minute and take a deep breath,” said Amy Phillips, one of our OB/GYN doctors at UAMS. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday season and try to do too much. It will all be OK. Odds are, no one will notice if that one extra gift doesn’t get bought or the cookies you were going to bake didn’t make it beyond e-mailing the recipe to yourself.”
From last-minute gift ideas to tips on handling stress and healthy holiday recipes, here’s our gift to you: the 2015 UAMS Holiday Survival Kit. Feel free to share it with other busy women you know.
  • Before you head over the hills and through the woods to grandmother’s house, review these safety tips for a road trip. If it’s a long trip, pack a disaster supply kit and take it with you.
  • Need to bake cookies for an event or guests? No problem. These cookies are delicious and healthy.
  • Cold weather, heated indoor air, Christmas greenery and washing dishes combine for a nightmare scenario for your hands. If you don’t have time for a manicure before the holidays, use these tips to help take care of your dry skin.
  • Need a quick and easy gift for your co-workers or neighbors? No problem. Help them keep their 2016 resolution to eat healthy with this colorful do-it-yourself soup mix. Or, try this one.
  • Just got back into those skinny jeans and worried they won’t after all the holiday festivities? No problem. Use these tips to avoid a holiday bulge.
  • Need a stocking stuffer for the person who has everything? Worried about keeping kids safe? On a budget? No problem. Project ChildSafe is a nonprofit organization working to promote firearm safety. They distribute free firearm safety kits that include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure on safe handling and secure storage guidelines. Many law enforcement agencies in Arkansas distribute these safety kits. Check to see if there’s a distributor near you. If you’re not a gun owner, the cable lock also works for other uses.
  • Have children on your shopping list? No problem. If they travel a lot and you want to help them be comfortable while they are safely buckled in, make or buy them a seat belt pet. Either way, you’ll be helping make sure the kids in your life stay safe in the car by making seat belts comfortable to wear.
  • If putting up your tree and hanging the garland and lights was more activity than your body is used to and you’re having trouble moving now, use these tips to soothe sore muscles.
  • If you really did a number on your back and find yourself suffering from lower back pain again this year, try these exercises.
  • Another great tip before hitting the road to visit family, run errands or go shopping is to check traffic and road conditions. The Arkansas Highway Department’s smart phone app “I Drive Arkansas” and website are your one-stop source for traffic conditions, construction delays, flooded roads and reports of ice and snow-covered roads.
  • If you’re a supermom and have all the gifts bought and wrapped, all the meals planned and are ready to move on to the next holiday, here are tips for a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration.
  • If you’re planning a bowl-game watching marathon at your house, skip the cheese dip, pizza and cocktail wieners and serve these healthy snacks or these under 250 calorie snacks.
  • If having noise and toys and TVs and games and guests in your house starts to get to you, step outside for a walk. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you return to the chaos. 
To learn more, please visit the UAMS Health Library.
Happy holidays and warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2016 from your friends at UAMS!
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