The Chiropractor's Holiday Survival Guide
It’s time to deck the halls for another holiday season. If you’re one of those who had your tree up before Thanksgiving, this is likely your favorite time of year. But for many, the holidays bring mixed emotions. Family tension, finding the perfect gifts, financial strain, hosting parties, traveling, and feelings of loneliness or missing a loved one are stressors we tend to feel most this time of year. The holidays can stir up a lot of emotions, and it’s not uncommon to feel anxious or depressed.
Here are some tips to manage holiday stress:
- Schedule some you time. It’s more important than ever to set aside time for self-care. Block off time on your calendar and consider it an important meeting. Bold it. Underline it. Write it in red. Add some glitter. You schedule around everything and everyone else. Do not forget yourself. Do whatever brings you peace. Watch an episode of your favorite show, take a walk, read a few chapters of that book you’ve been meaning to start. My go to is a quick yoga session with my girl, Adriene.
- Stop feeling guilty. Take a deep breath and let it go. You are allowed to have the aforementioned you time. You need it. Doctor’s orders. Also let go of pleasing everyone. You can only visit so many houses and so much family in one season. Your gift does not have to wow every single year. It’s okay that you bought a pie instead of baking one.
- Only spend what feels good. Do not let the holidays leave you broke. You don’t need to put that financial stress on yourself, or your family. Gifts are not what the season is about. Have an honest conversation with your loved ones if this is an issue. Consider setting spending limits or beginning a secret Santa tradition where each person brings only one gift. Here are some gift ideas under $20.
- Eat well. We all indulge during the holidays. Overindulging, however, can wreak havoc on our bodies. Not only do we gain weight, but a diet heavy in sugar and processed foods results in systemic inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to be a common factor in virtually all diseases. Avoid putting your body at risk by indulging only in moderation. Try eating a small meal before arriving at a party. This way, you’ll only have room for a small taste of your holiday favorites.
- Exercise. Exercise has numerous benefits for not only our bodies, but also our mood. You can literally walk yourself out of a bad mood! Walk, run, bike, or dance. Get moving and get those endorphins flowing to combat stress.
- Schedule a visit with the chiropractor. Emotional stress has a big impact on our physical bodies. Chiropractic adjustments help you cope with stress by relieving muscle tension and allowing the body to relax. Find out more about how an adjustment works to relieve back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and more.
And finally, for the love of spines, lift with your legs when moving those storage boxes full of decorations!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!.