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Holiday-related stress

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As Christmas Day nears I noticed that a lot of people are getting sick. I’m not sure whether it’s due to the inclement weather or the fact that there are a lot of Christmas-related activities that makes them busier. The reasons may vary from one person to another. Here are a few tips on how to cope with the holiday stress.

  1. Make a plan of all your activities be it personal or with family members.
  2. Do not ignore common signs of illness.
  3. Serve nutritious food. Eat ham and pastries in moderation. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Have enough sleep or rest when you can.
  5. If you can’t avoid crowded places like malls and market, do your grocery shopping as early as you can.
  6. Prepare a list of possible gift items to save you time and energy. If you are shopping online for musical instrument, check on
  7. Choose inexpensive and environment-friendly Christmas decor. You can DIY decors using available materials at home.
  8. Buy age-appropriate toys for kids. Make sure the toys are free from harmful chemicals.
  9. Welcome the New Year with noise from pots and pans and not with firecrackers.

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How to cope with the holiday stress

stressedChristmas season often brings a lot of stress / depression, so health experts have listed the following tips to make your holiday season worry-free.

a. It is wise to plan all your personal activities and activities with your family.
b. Be wary of common symptoms of illness. Consult with doctors for immediate treatment.
c. Serve vegetables and fruits with your ham and pastries on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
d. Eat more nutritious food; take plenty of water; and have enough rest to recharge your tired body.
e. Avoid crowded places to prevent acquiring bacteria and virus-causing diseases.
f. Display environment-friendly and inexpensive Christmas decor.
g. Buy toys that are free from harmful chemicals.
h. Welcome the New Year with noise from pots and pans, and not with firecrackers.

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Safety rules on use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices


If you cannot avoid to light a firecracker to welcome the new year, please take note of the following safety rules from health experts.

  • Do not hold firecrackers while lighting them. Use the lighted end of a stick instead.
  • Do not light more than one device at a time.
  • Do no alter fireworks in a any way.
  • Do not pick up or relight firecrackers that fail to ignite. Pour water or tear any device properly.
  • Do not bend directly over pyrotechnic device like fountains and crying cows while lighting them.
  • Do not use fireworks indoors.
  • Do not use fireworks near flammable substances/materials.
  • Do not allow small children to handle fireworks.
  • Do not light and throw pyrotechnics in the direction of people, passing vehicles or combustible objects.
  • Do not use calcium carbride (kalburo) or other combustible liquids in firing toy cannons.
  • Do not use firecrackers when under the influence of liquor or alcohol.
  • Do not light firecrackers under containers which will tend to explode and produce splinters or shrapnel.
  • Do not light “kwitis”, “trompillo” and others alike under electric wires.
  • Do not delay to seek medical help as soon as possible in case of firecrackers injury.

Tips on the proper handling/disposal of firecrackers and pyrotechnics devices that failed to explode or ignite:

  • All lighted firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices but failed to explode or ignite must be gathered carefully by using stick broom with a dustpan and place inside a designated garbage drum or trash can.
  • A designated drum or trash can will be used solely for unexploded firecrackers or unignited pyrotechnic devices and related debris. It must be secured until turned over/collected by area garbage collectors.
  • Gathered or collected unexploded firecrackers, unignited pyrotechnic devices and related debris shall be disposed by means of burning at designated safe area free from dried grasses, flammable materials and away from populated areas.

Let’s welcome 2014 without injury. Please be safe everyone.

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