For many, the holidays can be a joyful time spent with the ones they love. However, the holidays can often be stressful as well. We attend holiday parties, shop for friends and family, or travel a lot this time of year. December is usually a very busy month packed full of events. If you find yourself feeling stressed, it may be your body’s way of telling you to take care of yourself.  Too much stress causes the body to release a chemical called cortisol, which in large amounts can be detrimental to your health. Here are some top tips to remember this holiday season to minimize the stress and maximize the enjoyment.

Make Your Health a Priority

When we don’t make our health a priority, our body can’t function optimally and is more likely to crumble under stress. When we make small, simple changes during this holiday season, we can focus on staying healthy, and a healthy body can more easily handle and adapt to whatever life throws our way. Remember not to stuff yourself full of rich holiday food. Instead, eat smaller meals and try not to overeat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Drinking water also helps curb your appetite. Too much alcohol is also bad for the body, so do your best to limit alcohol consumption. It can make us feel tired and miserable and more susceptible to feeling stressed. These small changes may not be much, but they can have a huge impact on your health and well-being.

Rest Is Best

Not getting enough rest is also detrimental to our health.  The body needs rest and appropriate amounts of sleep at night in order to “reset.”  Overextending yourself during the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas season can take a toll on your health, as well as cause stress levels to increase.  Keep in mind that it is okay to say “no” to things that may overwhelm your already busy schedule.  If you commit to too many events, you risk not getting the rest you need to feel your best.  Prioritize your health and take the time to rest when needed.

Get Adjusted by a Charlotte Chiropractor

Believe it or not, spinal health plays an important role in reducing and managing stress.  Spinal misalignments that disrupt the function of the central nervous system will only exacerbate both physical and emotional stress.  Regular adjustments from Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor will eliminate nerve interference and return the central nervous system to optimal health.  This guarantees that our body is more readily able to fight off stress as well as other health concerns that may arise during the holidays.

Don’t let stress get the best of you this season.  Enjoy this magical time of year and reduce your stress level by taking care of yourself!  Remember to schedule your chiropractic appointments early to get a head start on combating stress and to feel your best this holiday season.

 

 

Sources

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Won, E., Kim, Y.K. “Stress, the Autonomic Nervous System, and the Immune-kynurenine Pathway in the Etiology of Depression.” Current Neuropharmacology, 2016; 14(7): 665-673.  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27640517.