Christmas, as we all know is one of the busiest time of the year. We scramble for office deadlines, last minute shopping, house decorating and gift-wrapping. Talk about endless stress! Now the bigger the amount of stress, the bigger its toll on our body and mind, and therefore also on our spine and nervous system.
With the holidays just around the corner, we hope that everyone will stay safe, injury-free and happy. Of course, your health is still the best gift you can give to your family and to yourself!
In order to enjoy the holidays to the fullest, we are encouraging you to focus on your physical and mental well-being. Here are tips that might come in handy:
Don’t sit down all day
We know every Christmas summer special that are televised on TV, but you don’t need to be a couch potato all day! Avoid sitting in one spot for more than 30 minutes without a short break and if you can, encourage the whole family to do the same – ideally, after dinner to aid digestion. The more activity, the better!
Think before you eat
Christmas is a time of celebration. With all the roasted meat, mince pies, chocolate desserts and alcoholic drinks wherever you look, it would be rather hard to resist eating all of these thinking Christmas just happens once in a year. But rather than mindlessly popping whatever is in front of you in your mouth, you might want to try spending a moment thinking about whether you really want it, or are just eating it because it’s there.
Don’t try too hard, take it easy
It’s Christmas but it doesn’t mean that you have to go all out on everything. If you are doing things you don’t normally do, like your yearly renovations or gardening works, remember to take it easy. If you know that you have a back problem, you don’t have to put up those lights yourself— because you can always ask for help. While it’s okay to be putting in effort in everything you do, it is important to listen to your body for any warning signs and immediately stop what you’re doing if you think you you are putting too much stress onto your body.
Get enough sleep and rest
Between parties and family visits, the holiday season can leave you short on time and sleep. A lack of quality sleep increases chances of holiday weight gain and disrupt your circadian rhythm. For you to maintain your health and energy throughout the holidays, It is essential to give your body enough sleep and rest.
Just be happy
This the season to be jolly! There are many things to worry about but whatever it is, don’t let stress take over and just be happy. Take this time to spend quality moments with friends and family members and share the love as much as you can!
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Please note that Norwest Chiropractic will closed over the Christmas period, and will be back on January 7th (Monday). We look forward to seeing you next year, and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019!