How to Beat Holiday Stress While Eating Fruitcake and Traveling

 



Our bodies are designed to stay healthy. But holiday stress can wreak havoc on our nervous system leaving us tired and worn down. Each year, millions of people get sick before, during, or after the holidays. And the most common culprit is stress. When your body is stressed, it doesn’t recover very well. Not only could you experience more aches and pains, but you may also experience mental fatigue.
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The holidays can put you into fight or flight mode for over a month!
 

Well, don’t worry, if you are beginning to experience holiday stress, our office is the right place to be. New research has showcased that aside from eating well and getting enough sleep, chiropractic adjustments can reduce stress and muscle tension, helping you feel better going into the new year.

You can stay happy and healthy this holiday season by using a few simple holiday stress busters. And while you can’t eliminate every source of stress in your life, you can make a few smart decisions to decrease stress and reduce your chance of getting sick.

Diet is whole other stressor during the holiday season. While fruitcakes, sugar cookies, pumpkin lattes, and apple pie are the four food groups this time of year; they are also a recipe for inflammation, fatigue, and maybe even a few extra pounds around the waistline. Well, thankfully you don’t need to give up everything you crave to feel better this holiday season.

In fact, a few smart choices can help you have a much healthier and happier holiday. By drinking a full glass of water at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you start to reduce inflammation and begin to feel better! Also, during your hectic schedule don’t forget about that little thing called sleep. Sleeping is when our bodies go into rest and recovery mode. With all the stress of the holidays, it’s a good idea to stay as close as possible to your regular sleep schedule. And finally, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can reduce the stress on both our body and mind; helping you feel better with less muscle tension.

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Now that’s a smart healthcare decision.
 

For many of us, travel is a part of our yearly holiday tradition. As much as travel can be hard on our bodies, it’s wonderful to visit with friends and family. We want you to have the best holiday season possible. If you plan on traveling this holiday season, let us know! We would love to show you a few simple stretches and exercises that you can do to help you stay well between your adjustments.

No one should have to rely on dangerous medications to get through the holiday season. If you are experiencing neck pain and shoulder tension from holiday travels, chiropractic care just may be your top choice. Researchers have found that chiropractic care can drastically reduce neck pain, improve mobility, and reduce the stress on our musculoskeletal system. That means you can feel better without having to reach for a bottle of pills.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you conquer the holiday season:

  • Drastic changes to your habits won’t stick! Start feeling better by simply reducing the sweets in your diet, starting some light exercise, and getting adjusted.
  • Research has shown chiropractic care can reduce stress, improve mobility, and reduce pain. Not a bad combination!
  • Stick to your normal schedule and be sure to get enough sleep
  • Staying well-hydrated, getting daily exercise, and periodic chiropractic care can help you feel your best

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The holidays are a great time to show someone you care. We love highlighting research that matters to you and your loved ones. If you know someone who gets sick every year around the holidays, the chances are that it’s a result of too much stress! We encourage you to share this blog, show them you care, and keep them happy and healthy this holiday season.

Sources:

Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative therapies in health and medicine · November 2011

Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2017