Care for Others and Yourself This Holiday Season

December 22, 2016

Ronald Stahl, MD
Ronald Stahl, MD

As we enter this holiday season I am reminded that not everyone is as fortunate as many of us.  Most of us view this holiday season as one of joy and happiness, but unfortunately it is also one of the times of year where the suicides are more common.  While running from store to store getting that perfect present please be aware of your surroundings.  If someone seems to be overly sad, reach out to see if you can help.  That may be all that is needed to help that person have a better day.  This is also a great time of year to reach out to our neighbors to ensure they are safe and healthy. 

It is also important that we take care of ourselves.  If you are like me, enjoying the fresh baked goods and other culinary delights is as much of the holiday as exchanging gifts.  As you enjoy these please do so in moderation.  Those excess pounds that you find (and I find) over the holidays are never easy to get rid of in the New Year. 

Similarly, many of us will be enjoying parties and/or family events where we choose to have a drink or two.  Remember to have someone designated as the driver who is not drinking if you need to return home afterwards.  Getting home safely is paramount to having a wonderful holiday season.

Lastly, I want to personally thank you for the incredibly warm welcome everyone has given me and my family over the past 15 months.  My wife and I are now blessed with having our daughter and granddaughter here with us as well.  So, from our home to yours, may you have a wonderful holiday season and a very joyous New Year.  And as the song says….”Put a Little Love in Your Heart”.

Ronald Stahl, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Wilson Medical Center.