A New Year’s Survival Guide – The Gift You Give Yourself
By Cassandra Holloway
Executive Director, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition
The holidays are a great time for family, friends, fellowship and celebration. And as we ticked down the darkest days of the year this December, many of us attended neighborhood parties, work parties, parties with themes, and were feted by processions of friends, relatives, second cousins, grandkids. Maybe you attended several soirees in one night or, if your dance card was really brimming, you had to choose among a handful of events at once.
You’ve probably already eaten a lot of rich foods, grudgingly tried some mystery casseroles and had a wide variety of beverages to choose from – beer, wine, cocktails and, in these parts, it’s not extraordinary to see the homemade, small-batch Vermont moonshine making the rounds (alcohol content: completely unknown).
Amid the jubilation and good cheer, holidays are also a time of distraction and hidden risks while making a number of choices that will affect your health. If you have kids, that will go doubly for you – and them.