Prioritising your safety and health this festive
I couldn’t end off 2021 without giving you a final health and wellness check-in. Here’s how you can prioritise your health and safety this festive.
Get your COVID-19 jab
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been available in South Africa since the beginning of the year, and anyone from the ages of 12+ years can now get the COVID-19 shot. The vaccine is not only safe and effective but protects yourself and those around you from falling seriously ill from the virus.
The quicker we all vaccinate, the sooner we can go back to our normal lives pre-COVID. Here’s how to register for the vaccine.
Stick to your healthcare routine
Regular health screening such as HIV testing, STI screening and reproductive health check-ups (pap smear, breast cancer screening), including chronic treatment shouldn’t be put on hold during the festive season. Remember, you can stock up on treatment for up to three months so speak to your healthcare provider about this option.
Practice safe sex
Your sexual health is your responsibility, so don’t take any risks by allowing yourself to be in the heat of the moment with your sexual partner, without protection. Make sure you carry condoms at all times. It’s not the responsibility of only one partner. You should also consider the dual method to avoid both unplanned pregnancy and STI/HIV infection.
Avoid drinking and driving
If you’re planning to go out and have fun, avoid over-indulging. You want to be in total control of your mind and your decisions, so try not to drink to a point where you’re unable to control your actions. You should also stay away from other drugs as they can also affect your ability to make informed decisions. Getting drunk or high to the point of passing out can also make you an easy target for sexual predators.
There’s an increase in accidents and fatalities during the festive season due to drinking and driving. I encourage you to avoid drinking and driving or getting in a car with someone under the influence.
Get the rest you need
The festive season is an opportunity to rest as much as we can, taking a break from all the assignments, exam stress and work. Remember to rest your mind as well. Take some time out to do mindfulness exercises, such as mediation. These are great for relaxing and unwinding.
You’re responsible for your health and safety, and you need to take extra measures to make sure you end 2021 on a healthy and safe note. Stay safe, Chomas!
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