Wright-Patt classes encourage healthy decisions during the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing it can be difficult to remember to take time for yourself. Between the extra errands and managing to visit and entertain family, you might find yourself feeling overworked and stressed. Civilian Health Promotions Services is offering seminars throughout the season to help you manage stress and stay healthy.

The Civilian Health Promotion Services offers free services, such as health screenings, classes and wellness campaigns. These services are meant to help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is normal to experience various amounts of stress, but during the holidays, people may experience ongoing, non-remitting or excessive stress. Experiencing too much stress can cause fatigue, burnout and depression.

“The holidays can mean extra indulgences all around us, added demands like parties, shopping, baking, entertaining and less time you have to take care of yourself. These extra responsibilities mixed with what can be an emotional time can create an unideal situation for making healthy behavior decisions,” said Sarah Baker with CHPS.

Baker went on to say that a good way to reduce stress is to remember to take time for yourself.

“Setting aside time for relaxation and things you enjoy every day can help with the extra holiday stress, and it doesn’t need to be anything too time consuming or complex,” said Baker.

Even if the holiday season is proving to be a challenge this year, Baker said, “Be compassionate towards yourself. Realize that things can get busy; so you may not be able to make the perfect health decision every single time. Be forgiving, allow for slip ups, and plan ways to get back on track.”

The courses offered throughout the holiday season are “Stress for Less and Stay Healthy for the Holidays” and “Strengthen Your Immune System during Cold and Flu Season.”

For class schedules or additional information on CHPS, go to the CHPS website at www.AFMCwellness.com or email them at CHPSWrightPatterson@foh.hhs.gov.

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