As the holiday season picks up steam, so do our stress levels. Wouldn’t it be nice to make it through the supposedly joyful times without all those stressful situations? There are many things we can do during the holidays to reduce our stress, but they are often the last thing to cross our minds. Often it’s only after we start to feel stress’ effect that we attempt to correct it. Between all the family and friend gatherings, shopping, dinner preparation and throw in your normal everyday life it’s no wonder we feel like we were hit by a truck by the time the holiday season is over. Well not this year!
With all the events going on, it is important to stretch and stay hydrated. The last thing we want is to get run down and sick just in time for presents to be opened. Our bodies, too often, get overwhelmed by the activities of the season. One simple trick while shopping is to consider a break every 45 minutes to an hour. Other simple solutions include:
- Carrying no more than absolutely necessary when shopping.
- Plans trips to your car to drop off a load of presents. By dropping off presents at your car you will reduce the amount of stress put on your body.
- During your break have a light snack try to avoid the mall foods. Salad, fruit, and yogurt are good choices.
- Avoid the coffee and soda stands in the mall too.
- If you have children, leave them at home! Children do not have the same stamina adults have and the causing stress and frustration can be avoided by finding a babysitter!
If you work in this madness, you will often have long hours and constant standing. While most people get breaks, those hours on your feet add up. If you can sit on a stool, do so. If not, try to move around. Even if it’s simply a walk from one end of the checkout counter to the other, it will break up the repetitiveness of your day. These simple activities could also help you make it through the season:
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes. If you need to wear heels, pick a shorter one!
- Don’t lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object.
- Don’t twist your body while lifting. Push, rather than pull, when you must move heavy objects.
- When wrapping presents, use a big table instead of the floor.
Lastly, a small plug for chiropractic! It has been proven to reduce stress in the body and joints that otherwise would lead to discomfort and dis-ease. Don’t put off getting treatment during the holiday season because you are busy and running around all the time. That is one of the most important times to receive treatment. Preventing the pain is always better than treating it after it has arrived. And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to enjoy the time with your family and friends.
Most importantly, I would like to thank you for reading these articles each month. I appreciate the response and feedback I get when I run into or see you guys in the office. I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season and get to share many wonderful times with your family and friends.