Christmas is a wonderful time of year where we can see the family, take some time off and enjoy the summer. I’m not the only one who thinks that the most wonderful thing about an Aussie Christmas is a swim on Christmas Day.
As we all know, Christmas can take a toll on our bodies, affecting our spine and nervous system. Christmas is a mixed experience of over indulging in Christmas cheer as well as lugging heavy presents around – not to mention the stress of getting everything ready for the big day. Not suprising that Christmas is a stressful period on the body in many ways. Here are a few Christmas survival tips;
If you are planning on doing lots of physical things during the holidays like renovations or taming the garden, take it easy. Listen to your body for warning signs that indicate subluxations such as strains, reduced range of motion, stiffness pain and soreness.
Remember your posture and good lifting techniques while working around the house, garden and garage (bend your knees not your spine & be careful of any combined bending/twisting action).
Anxiety, stress and depression are very common during the festive season. Take time out for you and your family and enjoy. Whether this be a holiday, hobby or just potting around. This is all good for your health and wellbeing.
Get enough sleep. Plan for some mid-day naps or early nights to help you cope with the “silly season”
Watch the alcohol intake and don’t overdo it. Alcohol will dehydrate you and is a depressant which will have negative effects of tiredness. The same thing applies to too much food. Have a salad or just fruit for a few meals each week.
Keep moving, plan for some walks, swimming and gentle exercise. If you are looking forward to the annual game of golf, tennis of a surf, remember start slowly. If you haven’t done that activity for a while take it easy and don’t over do it.
Keep your spine adjusted and subluxation free. Have a Chiropractic treatment or enjoy a massage to make sure that you are well prepared for the Christmas season.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a joyful New Year
From all of us at Mona Vale Chiropractic Centre