Holiday Stress

This is my favorite time of the year! It’s officially Winter- the snow is falling, the fireplace is going, the food is fantastic, and I can literally feel the magic in the air. However, that’s not the case for some people. The holiday season can be quite demanding, stressful, and interrupts our daily routines. We have an increase in sugar and stress, while also having a decrease in Vitamin D, movement, and healthy foods. When our nervous system cannot adapt to the increase in stress we start to see an increase in sickness, mood changes, anxiety, sensory issues, ear infections, and sleep issues. Let’s think about this. If you are out snowshoeing at Hixon Forest and a bear pops out of the woods and starts chasing you – are you going to be worried about kicking your cold, digesting your food, or reducing your anxiety? Heck no! You are going to be focused on one thing: SURVIVAL. That’s exactly what every day stress does to us. We accumulate so much stress every day that our nervous system believes every situation is the bear chasing us. Here are some of our tips to reduce that stress and have a magical holiday season!

  1. Move your body every day. Be intentional with your movement – set aside 30 mins per day to MOVE.
  2. Drink that H2O. Drinking half your body weight in water each day will help you flush out those toxins and keep your body hydrated.
  3. Supplement for the lack of sunshine if you aren’t already with QUALITY supplements. For the love of all things Holy please do not get your supplements from Amazon. Get them from a health care provider to ensure quality and clean sources. We recommend Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Multivitamin, and Probiotics. We carry these in office year round 🙂
  4. Be present. Put down the phone a little earlier, spend a little more time being present when you check out at the grocery store, and focus on that breathing.
  5. Get adjusted! Research shows that Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which allows us to rest, digest, grow, heal, and adapt! Pretty cool huh?

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

XOXO

-Dr. Callie