12 Ways To Stay Healthy & Manage Holiday Stress

The holiday season is upon us, and for those of us working in Health Information Management (HIM) added stress is a given, because HIM is the single most critical process in the revenue cycle.


Many facilities strive to finish the year with strong cash reserves, so December often brings added pressure to HIM professionals responsible for controlling the cash flow and answering to the CFO, who is keeping a close eye on the Discharged Not Final Billed (DNFB) report.  Managing the DNFB/coding days, on top of endless holiday shopping, cooking, decorating, family and additional commitments leaves very little time for anything else.

During these next 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 ways the CDC recommends to stay healthy and manage holiday stress.  


On this day of Christmas, the CDC said to Me: 

  1. Manage Stress - give yourself a break!!! If you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, take a breath, connect socially, do something nice for yourself and get plenty of sleep. If needed, reach out to one of the many support groups in your local area.
  2. Bundle Up - stay dry and warm by wearing appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3.  Eat Healthy and Stay Active - it is the season of sweets and treats, but don't forget to fill up on fruits and vegetables packed with nutrients that help lower the risk of certain diseases and remember "fun foods" are better in moderation.  Try to stay active during the holidays; it is recommended to  be active for at least 2½ hours a week and kids and teens to be active for at least 1 hour a day.
  4.  Prepare Food Safely - when cooking for friends and family over the holidays remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate foods promptly.
  5. Prevent Unwanted Fires - most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don't leave fireplaces, space heaters, candles, or food cooking on the stove unattended. Keep ornamental trees watered and decorative lights monitored. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  6. Be Smoke-Free - avoid first and second-hand smoke. Smokers and non-smokers have greater health risks when using tobacco or are exposed to tobacco smoke. 
  7. Drive Safely - take extra time to prepare for winter weather conditions and don't drive impaired. Keep you, your family and everyone else on the road safe. 
  8. Buckle Up - fasten seat belts while in a motor vehicle. Buckle children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. 
  9. Schedule Exams and Screenings - ask your healthcare provider what exams you need this year,  get them on the calendar and update your personal and family history. Get insured from the Health Insurance Marketplace if needed.
  10. Get Vaccinated - vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  11. Keep Kids Safe - keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children's reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  12. Wash Hands Often - help prevent the spread of germs during flu season by washing your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

Our team is always here to help keep your facility's revenue cycle healthy and decrease stress for your team, so you can focus on keeping your patients, family and yourself happy, healthy and stress free this holiday season. 

About the Author


Kelly Jacobus


Kelly Jacobus, CCS, CDIP, CHDA, CCS-P, CPC, has just under twenty years of experience in facility and professional fee coding and AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Kelly also has experience in academic medicine and shares her passion for healthcare excellence with her team of dedicated, coding professionals at HRG where she is the Director of Facility Coding.

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