Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Taking Care During the Holidays

It is that time again.  The never ending list of things to do, the baking, the shopping, the pleasing of those you love and never enough time to get everything in.  All of this can result in stress.  Lots of stress! Stress can manifest as neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, increased irritability, and decreased immunity.  All of which can take its toll not only on your body but your mind.
In order to help yourself and those you love, try a few things to help decrease the chaos.

1. Make a realistic list of things you need to accomplish.  Put the list together so the things that are essential to your well-being and those around you are at the top of the list.

2. Keep a calendar for all your projects and events this time of year.  Once you can put things in perspective they do not seem so overwhelming. 

3. Exercise if you can.  Even if it seems like everything else takes priority, remember that if you take a few minutes out of your day to take care of yourself, it is easier to accomplish whatever else is required of you.

4. Try to eat the foods that will not kick you mentally the next day.  Before going to a party, try to eat a little bit so the hunger bug does not take over your mind when you get to the party.  A good rule of thumb is to look for the foods that contain more water.  The more dense the food usually the higher in calories.  Try to think about what will really satisfy your “eye”, your mind and your belly!

5. Nurture yourself with acupuncture, massage or keeping yourself in alignment with chiropractic care.  The body reacts to stress in many ways.  I always say that we put our stress back into our bodies in many different forms.  I believe we all have a weak point in our physical body that can play havoc with our center.  When your spine is aligned, it is easier to think clearer and to physically be able to accomplish what is on that list!

Take care of yourself.  Surround yourself with the Ones you love! And, Enjoy the Holidays.

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