As we approach Christmas and New Year, the festivities are running high and the world becomes infused with gingerbread, cloves, flickering lights, fireworks and everything that you can imagine can be linked to Christmas. It’s wonderful and magical but can also have a detrimental effect on your health. And we’re not talking about the extra pounds everyone puts on over the holidays. But these issues can be easily prevented without them putting a damper on the holiday fun.
With the millions of lights suddenly adorning every street, store, house front, and tree it’s an assault on the eyes. You might think that eating dinner by the light of your Christmas tree is romantic and full of Christmas spirit, but you’re actually straining your eyes to focus on what’s in front of you. The same when you light candles and try to see by that light alone. Use lamps and the big light in a room to alleviate the pressure on your eyes to see in the dark.
Apart from having to listen to the same bunch of Christmas songs since the first of November, the main thing to worry about is the fireworks. From Christmas Eve and onwards people love to keep the celebrations going by letting off fireworks every evening. And where
they aren’t much of an issue now and again, the constant barrage is enough to damage healthy ears, let alone those who already have damaged ears – which occurs more in the elderly. Hearing protection is simple enough in this instance; earplugs. You will still be able to hear the fireworks but dimmed enough to protect the delicate works of your inner ear.
Feeling can only be lost through nerve damage, which, usually, can only be damaged by extreme circumstances, but it can be temporarily damaged easily in the cold weather. Where it takes an extremely low temperature to cause instant frostbite, and people think that it only happens at the north pole, it can be developed within more habitable places like the UK, Russia and Northern parts of the US. The more you are exposed to the cold, the more the danger of frostbite grows. Which can cause irreversible nerve damage and cause you to lose feeling. Prevent this by wearing the right clothes out in the cold – don’t choose fashion over function. And by limiting the time you expose yourself to the cold weather.
The protection of your senses can be as simple as thinking things through. Like wearing a coat designed to withstand the cold, rather than layering a jacket with a jumper and hoping for the best. By giving your ears a break from the relentless booming of the celebratory fireworks. And by turning the lights up when necessary instead of straining your eyes in the attempt to be more festive.