7 Wedding Season Health Hazards To Avoid

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How to win the wedding guest of the year award—without sacrificing your own health and happiness.

Health Hazard #3: Getting Sick
Lack of sleep, travel and heavy drinking (see above) can all wreak havoc on your immune system. So baby yourself with a nap, try to minimize stress and get your workouts in, all of which boost immune function. And finally, become a little bit of a germaphobe.

"I'm a Purell girl. Bring plenty of wipes [and] do everything you can to wash your hands on a routine basis," Peeke says.

Health Hazard #4: Feeling Like A Jealous Jerk
Does the phrase "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" ring a little too true for you?

"As altruistic as we want to be, when things happen to other people that we think we should've achieved, we can feel negative instead of positive," Scott Haltzman, M.D.. author of The Secrets of Happily Married Women, says. Instead of dwelling on what you don't have, look at the happy couple and think about what you want from your own love life. Why I Called Off My Wedding

"Turn it into an opportunity to get a better sense of what you're looking for, out of all the ways that love and marriage can look," Haltzman advises. Finally, take your focus off yourself and just enjoy your friend's celebration.

"Your thoughts and worries are really not what this wedding is about. Let it be about your friend. If it is your 50th wedding, think about the fact that you are such a good friend that people keep inviting you," Haltzman says.

Health Hazard #5: Hooking Up… At Every Wedding
Now, we're not the moral police saying there is anything wrong with getting caught up in the spirit of the day—just so long as you remember to be safe and mindful in the choices you make. Do NOT Take A Friend To A Wedding

"Weddings are by definition a celebration of love and the celebration of two people coming together. The implication is that the couple will be coupling, which involves sex. There is a feeling in the room that honors sex maybe in a way that few other situations do," says Haltzman. Unfortunately, this atmosphere combined with alcohol can contribute to people taking unsafe risks.

"The presence of alcohol in your system lowers inhibitions and may cause you to make decisions that go against your general value system," Haltzman notes. "It may put you at risk physically because of forgetting to use condoms to protect yourself from STDs." 10 Ways to Survive Wedding Season Single

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