Ho, Ho, Ho-ly cow! There’s a lot to get done before Christmas. The seasonal rush has begun: parties, shopping, baking, decorating, and entertaining. The demands are dizzying. Women are particularly vulnerable to holiday stress, and we see this firsthand at Frain Family Chiropractic. Women complain about tension in their neck and shoulders which can lead to headaches and migraines. Holiday stress takes the “merry” out of Christmas faster than Santa can slide down a chimney.
Here’s what we recommend to combat holiday stress.
S: Set realistic expectations. The holidays don’t have to be perfect. Be true to yourself, not other people’s expectations of what an ideal family or ideal holiday should look like.
T: Take advantage of modern conveniences. Stop at the grocery store to purchase cookie dough or a dish to pass for the holiday party. Order gifts online.
R: Resist the urge to overspend. Make a gift list and a grocery list and stick to them. Avoid emotional overspending, and instead of buying for everyone, suggest a gift exchange.
E: Eat smart. Be intentional in your food choices, and balance healthy alternatives with holiday extravagance. You’ll feel better and avoid the guilt that comes with overindulgence.
S: Split holiday chores into manageable pieces. Schedule time for shopping, baking and holiday events, but also schedule time for exercise (one of the best ways to overcome stress) and plenty of sleep. Find shortcuts, like buying the same gift for each grandchild.
S: Set aside differences at holiday parties and family celebrations. Let go of negative experiences from the past, and concentrate on the present moment. Be mindful of what you can and can’t control.
Chiropractic Care for Holiday Stress Relief
One final thought: Amid all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, schedule a visit to Frain Family Chiropractic. We can help you manage your holiday stress and improve your overall health.
Dr. Susan and Dr. Patrick Frain are family chiropractors committed to accelerating and maintaining your journey to good health. They combine personalized care with the best hands-on techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Call 920-499-1333 for an appointment at Frain Family Chiropractic, 858 Hansen Road, Green Bay.