Last-Minute Holiday Survival Guide

By Sandy Schroeder

As the holiday schedule continues to streak ahead, most of us are losing energy fast. I always plan to shop early and then glide through the festivities. But that never quite works out. Whatever you have left to do, slow down, and take a deep breath. It will all get done, and you will enjoy it much more if you are not stressed.

As you move ahead here are a few cautions.

Lift Carefully – As you hang the lights, and move everything around, avoid bending from the waist. Squat and use your legs for power, keeping items close to you as you lift. Never twist while lifting, and get some help for really big items.

Carry Correctly – Divide items up to distribute weight evenly. Offload packages as you shop, stowing them in the trunk. Have really big items delivered. At home, as you make endless trips in with groceries and gifts, take breaks with friends and family.

Stretch As You Go – As you work at home, and head out for shopping, remember to stretch to avoid overloading muscles.

Drink Lots of Water – Skip the coffee but drink at least 8 glasses of water when you are hurrying through everything that is left to do.

Cushion your Steps – Wear your most comfortable shoes that have lots of support.

Dress Warmly – Use lots of layers and waterproof jackets as you go in and out of homes and stores.

Delegate Tasks – Enlist the whole family, and use catering and delivery services to lighten the load.

Skip Purses and Children – Use backpacks, wallets or fanny packs, and leave children at home when shopping.

Stop for Pain – If pain flares, take a break and treat the area with ice. Pain in legs, ankles or feet need rest and attention.

Simplify Party Plans – When you put together dinners, buffets and parties, keep food and decorations simple. It will be easier to assemble, and you will enjoy the party more.

Gift Wrap As You Go – Avoid overwhelming wrapping sessions. Have some wrapped at the store, and wrap others as you buy them. Never sit on the floor to wrap presents. Stand at a table or sit at a desk.

Eat Healthy – Don’t skip meals. Eat as many healthy foods as possible and go light on the wine and coffee.

Last but not least, enjoy!  Talk with your family, involve every one in the details, and savor the moment. Really, that’s what this is all about.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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