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Black Friday Survival

By Brianne Moore

Turkey day has come and gone, and Black Friday has arrived. Some may choose to stay home on the biggest shopping day of the year, while others will venture forth at the crack of dawn (if not earlier) in pursuit of the best deals on holiday gifts. If you’re in the latter group, here’s some advice to help you prepare for and stay healthy during the big day.

Dress the Part: Baby, it’s cold outside, and chances are you’re going to be waiting in line outside your favorite store for a long time. Being out in cold weather, especially if you’re not used to it, can put you at risk for frostnip or even frostbite. Make sure you dress appropriately and take the proper precautions to avoid harming your skin. When you get home, it might be a good idea to give your skin a little TLC, too, to help combat the effects of winter weather.

Don’t neglect your feet! Many an injury has been caused by the wrong footwear. Do yourself a favor and leave the fashionable heels at home. Opt instead for comfortable, well-fitted, supportive shoes that won’t have you limping by the end of the day. If you do find yourself experiencing pain, here are some ways to ease your discomfort.

Food and Drink: If you’re running around a mall all day, you’re sure to work up an appetite and a thirst. If you’re not willing to face the crowds at the food court, pack some power snacks to keep you going (or to give you something to munch while you’re waiting in line).

The exercise and heat inside the stores might leave you feeling dehydrated as well as hungry. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids (and drink the right kinds of fluids) to keep fatigue at bay.

Get Ready, Get Set… Before you make the 100-yard dash to the electronics department, make sure you don’t pull or sprain something on the way by performing a few simple stretches. If you wind up straining your back hauling around bags or loading the car, here are some ways to ease your pain and avoid it in the future.

Stress Less: Let’s face it, fighting crowds and shopping during the holidays can be stressful. Get a jump start on stress management by eating right before you even get out the door. Trapped in terrible mall traffic or stuck in line next to the worst customer ever? Here are ten quick stress-busters to fall back on. Has all that stress and shopping left you with little energy? Try these six quick ways to give yourself an energy boost so you don’t shop until you drop.

First Aid: Ideally you’ll get through Black Friday unscathed, but you never know when you might sprain an ankle running for this year’s “it” toy or be on the receiving end of an elbow to the face when grappling with a fellow buyer. In all cases, it’s best to be prepared

Good luck and happy holidays!

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