It seems like all the Black Friday hype happens earlier and earlier each year. With all the amazing deals, how can you not participate—right? Whether you’re a purist who begins early Friday morning, or a door-buster rushing out just as soon as you stuff the leftover turkey in the fridge, there are steps you can take to ensure that you make the most out of one of the busiest shopping days of the year:
1. Dress for the occasion
While fashionable footwear is a must on any other day, leave the sandals and heels at home this Black Friday. Foot pain is one of the most commonly reported injuries on the infamous day following Thanksgiving. People who wore supportive footwear, like sneakers or flats, were much less likely to suffer foot injuries.
It’s also smart to dress in layers as temperatures can fluctuate dramatically between stores depending on crowd sizes.
2. Be prepared
Whether we’re talking about finances or boredom prevention, it’s best to come prepared. Over spending is one of the most common causes of stress during the holidays. And with all the tempting deals on Black Friday, it doesn’t take long before your budget is all tapped out. Create a plan ahead of time and be prepared to stick to it—your stress levels will thank you.
As anyone who has braved the mall on Black Friday can tell you, be sure to bring something to keep you entertained while you spend most of your day waiting in line.
3. Load up on sleep
With Black Friday sales starting as early as the night of Thanksgiving, many people are staying out all night and getting up in wee hours of the morning to take advantage of all the savings. To prevent injury and illness, it’s important to get at least seven hours of shut-eye before hitting the shopping circuit. And yes, naps count.
4. Get the flu vaccine
A lengthy shopping day in cramped spaces surrounded by strangers can be tough on your immune system. Add that to fact that we’re in the middle of flu season and you’re just asking to come down with the sniffles. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent taking the flu home with you after a long day of shopping.
5. Stay fueled
To survive the rigors of a full day of beating down doors for the best deal, be sure to eat a high-protein breakfast to properly prepare your body. Bring a snack, and avoid greasy food court cuisine in order to stay properly energized.
It’s also smart to bring a re-usable water bottle to fill up at water fountains to stay hydrated.
Got the Black Friday blues?
Whether it be a shopping-related injury, holiday season stress or a case of the crud, dashing for all those deals comes with a price. The expertsat Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care can help get you back to enjoying the holiday season. By offering the latest in comprehensive care, our providers ensure a truly personalized experience for all of your health needs.