Staying on Track During the Holidays
One day after Halloween and the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and commercials are already swarming! Suddenly, the relaxed sense of fall has been whisked away with the leaves and it feels like “crunch time” until the end of the year. The holidays can be the most enjoyable time of the year, and the most stressful. With shorter days, it feels like you have less time to get everything on your to-do list done. Don’t let the hustle and bustle throw you off. It’s still important to take the time to focus on your personal wellness.
Common Causes of Holiday Stress
The first step to avoiding the build-up of stress is to recognize the common causes of stress that occur around this time of year. Let’s take a look at the way your lifestyle may change during the winter months.
Lower levels of activity is one of the most common impacts of colder air. Even the most routinely active people often find themselves skipping out on the gym to sit in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.
Changes in diet is another factor that can affect your overall wellness. We all know that your sugar intake spikes starting at Halloween and often all the way through New Years and fresh vegetables are harder to come by. Diet has a big impact on your mood and overall energy level.
Pressure on finances and time is another major stressor during the holidays. Buying food for big family meals, making sure you get a gift for everyone on your list, and still trying to find time for self-care can add up to a stressful season.
These stressors can express themselves both physically and mentally, but there are ways the keep yourself from falling into a seasonal rut.
Ways to Stay on Track
Being more mindful of these lifestyle changes is the first step to staying on track. The sheer desire to make sure you’re keeping up with your routine and healthy habits can make a big difference in keeping the stress at bay. It’s a lot to juggle, but it’s not impossible!
Stay active as much as you can, in any way you can. Take an extra lap around the mall when you’re shopping. Trade a road run for some gym time. You can even make time to spend time with the family out in the leaves or playing in the snow. It’s a great activity that gets your endorphins moving!
Don’t over-commit yourself to work, holiday parties, or your Christmas list. The holidays are a great time to take some time off and enjoy time with your family. Keep in mind that you don’t have to attend every Christmas Party you’re invited to or buy something for everyone you know.
Keep up with your wellness routine. Give yourself the gift of self-care this year! Even when things get busy, taking the time to go to the gym, get a massage to release the tension, or visit your chiropractor for a regular adjustment can make a big difference in getting through the crazy season!
Chiropractic care focuses on releasing the build up of tension throughout the nervous system. Pain symptoms from stress, such as headaches and muscle tension, can be relieved through gentle adjustments that allow the nervous system to release. Make sure you make some time for you this holiday season. We’re here to help.
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