There is so much to be grateful for during the holidays; time with our families spent around home-cooked meals, vacations, days off, and late mornings (hopefully!). It’s the journey there that can get a little stressful, and a little cutthroat for some of our friends trying to grab the latest gaming console or smartphone. Your chiropractors at County Line Chiropractic have many tips to help you deal with the work deadlines and stress of holiday shopping, traffic and relatives with grace and aplomb.
Keep It Clean:
If you’re not shopping online, holiday shopping means rubbing elbows with hundreds of people. Add the stress of the holidays, and that makes it quite likely you may catch a cold if you’re not careful. Studies show that high levels of stress suppress the immune system, cause a rise in cortisol levels, and making us more susceptible to getting sick. Be sure to stay healthy, drink plenty of fluids, and wash your hands properly after touching surfaces, especially cash.
Holiday Stress Relief at Work:
You may be logging in more hours right up until your days off. Always remember to walk around and stretch your legs every hour. It is well-known that remaining seated for hours is terrible for our bodies. Proper posture is also incredibly important, going a long way to keep your mood levels high and your spine healthy. Please watch Dr. Cimerberg’s wonderful video with tips for proper posture.
Exercise through the Holiday Excess:
We know it is difficult to turn down your aunt’s holiday chocolate cake that she bakes once a year. Keeping in mind that we will all probably overeat, we must not skimp on the exercise. Studies have shown that exercise right after a meal- be it a simple 15-minute walk, playing with your dog, or even moving furniture around, is extremely helpful in reducing the negative effects of overeating, such as a rise in blood sugar after large meals.
Quick Tips: To keep the healthy in the holidays, consider swapping out potato chips for air popped popcorn, and caramel corn out for walnuts, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
For those of you valiant enough to keep the sugar off, you can swap high calorie items like cheesecake for dark chocolate covered strawberries. Don’t cut out sugar, just use it wisely!
Stay in the Moment:
How can you enjoy your company if you’re thinking about dirty dishes or the gift-wrap strewn all over the place? Practice staying in the moment every day. When something or someone gets to be too much for you, take twelve deep breaths, noticing the rise and fall of your stomach and chest. Focus on it to bring you back to the now. Another practice includes focusing on what’s right in front of you, common objects we take for granted. Stop and think about the texture, color, and other qualities of whatever is in front of you; feel wonder at what it took to make a simple toothbrush. Trust us, this works.
Keep these tips in mind and remember to maintain the proper perspective; holidays are for enjoyment. Set yourselves up for the best time of your lives.