Black Friday Health Tips November 21, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Black Friday is the day bargain hunters wait for all year and it’s one week away. Every year, millions of shoppers go out and participate in this once a year event. However, Black Friday can involve a range of unique health perils. Follow the tips on this list to make your Black Friday a healthy success. Lower stress levels The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. From finances to overburdened schedules, the holiday season is full of unique stressors. Black Friday can either add to this stress or help to lessen it. Getting holiday shopping done early, and hopefully at a lower price, can potentially alleviate financial issues, but the long lines and other hassles that are inherent parts of the shopping experience on this day add stress. Set financial limitations for your shopping, and plan to shop online so that you do not have to deal with crowds. Get vaccinated Be sure you have received your annual flu shot and are up to date on all other routine vaccinations, especially if you plan to venture out into the packed shopping malls. Flu activity is on the rise at this point in the year, and many cases of pertussis have been reported across the US as well. You will be in close contact with a lot people if you go out shopping on Black Friday, so be sure that you are fully vaccinated to help prevent against bringing an unwanted “gift” home with you. Remember to bring hand sanitizer with you, and wash your hands frequently throughout the day as the surfaces you touch will have been touched by many other people on this day. Wear the right clothing Comfortable shoes are a must for Black Friday shoppers. You are going to be standing in line, even if it is to simply approach the cash register. If you plan to wait outside for a store to open, plan your attire even more carefully. Take a warm jacket and potentially even an umbrella, rain coat and rain boots, if snow or rain is in the forecast. Although colds and the flu are brought on by viruses, not the rain, putting your body through unnecessary stress due to a lack of protection from the elements can weaken your defenses. Fuel your body properly Some individuals will stay up all night to get the best deals and take advantage of middle-of-the-night specials. The deals may indeed be good, but consider if the health sacrifice is truly worth it. Most people need at least 6 hours of sleep to function properly. Also, be sure to eat a good breakfast in the morning, and bring healthy snacks with you to keep your blood sugar at a consistent level. Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day by carrying a water bottle with you. Packing your own food and drink will also help you to avoid unhealthy temptations found in mall food courts. What are your Black Friday health tips? Have you found anything to be your secret weapon against getting sick? Comment below and let us know!