Health and Safety During the Holidays

Travel and social gatherings with family and loved ones are some of the greatest parts of the year. Throughout the holiday season, these interactions may involve longer distance travel and time spent with those you see less frequently. It’s important to enjoy this time with those you love most, and to take proper precautions to help ensure your safety and joy throughout the holidays.


Tips for Safe Travels

  • Plan ahead: If you’re considering holiday travel, plan your itinerary in advance. Choose well-lit and easily accessible routes, preferably those you are already familiar with, and inform someone about your travel plans. Carpooling can be a great option if you have local friends and family. A travel buddy can both give you a break from driving for rest, and be a nice way to connect one-on-one.
  • Consider hosting at home: Inviting people to come to you reduces the risk of travel without sacrificing in-person gatherings. Consider a potluck; everyone gets to show off their favorite holiday recipe, and you aren’t tasked with all the work of cooking.


Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Get current on vaccinations: Throughout the colder months risks of infections such as RSV, COVID, and the flu increase. Check in with your doctor or pharmacy and try to update your vaccines where possible. Encouraging loved ones to do the same can make for a safer holiday for all.
  • Stay active: With the colder weather and rich holiday food, it is easy to become more sedentary around the holidays. Suggest a family walk or invite neighbors to explore the neighborhood once or twice a week to keep yourself both active and social in these chillier weeks.
  • Decorate Carefully: While festive decorations add cheer to your home, ensure they are placed safely. Avoid tripping hazards, such as loose cords, and use flameless candles to reduce fire risks.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Have an emergency plan in place and share this plan with a trusted loved one. Share important contact numbers, keep a list of medications, and ensure your home is equipped with essential items such as a first aid kit and emergency supplies.


Tips for Social Health

  • Stay Connected: In-person gatherings are wonderful, but even regular phone calls or text exchanges to catch up can help us stay happy and connected. If regular socializing is a challenge for you, consider taking advantage of your Elli-Q discount, available to all HCG Secure policyholders. The Elli-Q companion is easy to use and can help you combat isolation at home.
  • Rest: During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, find the balance of social interactions and time spent resting. Take time to recharge and prioritize sleep, so you can be your healthiest and best self when you are with loved ones.


The holidays are a joyful time to celebrate and cherish moments with loved ones.  By prioritizing safety and health, you can enjoy a happy and memorable holiday season. Your well-being is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones, take care of yourself!  Cheers!