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Family and Friends During This Holiday Season

With the holidays, comes the hustle and bustle of shopping, planning, attending social events, and celebrating family holiday traditions. While this time of year can be busy, gathering with your family and friends is important and gives you the chance to catch up, share stories, and make new memories – and these are all good for your health!

Adults with strong social support systems have reduced risk for health problems like depression, high blood pressure and unhealthy BMI. Studies show older adults with strong social support can live longer than their peers without these relationships.

You’ll be happy to know that spending time with your friends and family can help you better handle stress and lower blood pressure. Expressing yourself and your feelings to loved ones provides emotional support versus keeping it inside or turning to negative coping such as drinking or smoking.

Time spent with friends and family also encourages connection, communication and can build self-esteem. Bonding helps give a sense of belonging, purpose and safety.

Don’t forget to “hang up and hang out,” during quality holiday time. Limit your screen time for some face-to-face conversation and genuine connection.

Here are some ideas for activities with family and friends that can be done during the holidays or year-round!

  • Game nights

  • Exercise

  • Arts and crafts

  • Prepare a meal or holiday treat

  • Volunteer

  • Attend community events

  • Reading activities

Spending quality time with family and friends this holiday season is bound to leave you feeling closer to your personal community and healthier as a result!

Happy Holidays!

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