Chiropractic Advice for the Holidays
By Rachel Shouse
Some of you lovely folks may be traveling to family and friends this year, while others are more likely to be staying home. A big thing doctors really want people to remember is that it's the holidays. It's OK to feel sad, upset, happy, overjoyed, etc. It's all understandable. There are some things your chiropractor will want you to do over the period of this season. Traveling safely, keeping your diet in mind, and finding new ways to communicate with those you love are great starters.
Chiropractic Advice for Safe Traveling
Regardless of where you're venturing off to, there are some things that would benefit you to be mindful of. While those at home have things to be conscientious of, those traveling face different hurdles. You may be spending hours at a time just riding. There are some ways to keep your body in good shape during your travels.
It's important to take breaks. You may want to get from Point A to Point B as quick as you can. While this is understandable, you should also think about how you want to feel once you reach your destination. If you spend a little extra time getting out of the car or walking around on the plane instead of taking a nap you will notice a big difference.
Keeping Your Diet in Mind
Being surrounded by yummy foods and assorted treats is very hard to resist. You don't need to be perfect by any means. It's OK to indulge every once in a while. If you eat like that normally, however, you're very likely to gain even more weight or feel unwell in general.
It's hard to be mindful during the holidays. A few ways that might help you get through this include:
- Be mindful when you're grabbing food - Think before you get seconds. It takes your brain only a few minutes to communicate that you're full.
- Try to hang out away from the food - Gathering around the food gives you far too many opportunities to grab extra treats that you don't need.
- Eat a something before you go - This helps keep you from scarfing down far more food than you should as you won't be starving.
Get Creative With Your Communication Skills
So many people feel like letters don't occur anymore. You would think during a time like this that the post office would be overwhelmed with mail from family members separated at this time. It's easy to focus on the negative. That's why you hear the quote, "It's hard to take the path less traveled." You have to fight through the negativity and train yourself to focus on the positives. Send letters, call friends, voice-chat your kids, etc. Get creative and enjoy this time no matter what.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jersey City, N.J.