My "prescription" for a Merry Christmas

With just five days until Christmas...and the shopping season in full swing...I think it's high time I offer up a bit of my best holiday advice. But don't worry, my "prescription" is a simple one: slow down, take a deep breath, and for goodness sake lighten up!

Yup, that's it.

It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos that sometimes we need to be reminded to just relax and enjoy this wonderful time of year. And let's face it, running at full steam for weeks on end, worrying about finding "the perfect gift," and stressing about family and work obligations can set you up for a crash right in the middle of cold and flu season.

So take some time out to enjoy the lights. Watch a sappy Christmas movie. Or just take a nap. And if anyone questions you just say, "Hey, it's doctor's orders!"

And while you're at it don't forget to take your vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and garlic to help shore up your immune system before you go visiting family and friends. (You'll find lot's more immune-building advice in the Guide to Good Health archives here.)
Oh, and one last thing. Don't fret about having that Christmas cookie or an extra glass of holiday cheer. It's Christmas after all, and an occasional holiday indulgence never hurt anyone.

I wish you a happy, healthy, and very merry Christmas!