The holidays often come with a mixed bag of emotions — while the festivities can bring joy and excitement, the frenzied preparations, travel and time commitments (and don’t forget the inevitable January holiday bills!) can take a toll on the body. Post-holiday stress is a common aftermath of the hectic pace of the season.
Creating a plan to bring your life back in balance will help reduce your stress. The following are some simple steps for your mental and physical well-being:
Exercise! Starting a regular exercise routine can help keep weigh in check as well as help your body to boost production of endorphins, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule — restorative sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Stick to a regular sleep/wake schedule – even on weekends!
Declutter your life — clutter is an invitation for chaos and stress that can weigh you down. Spend a few minutes each day tackling a specific area of your life that is disorganized. Cut down on commitments; plan out weekly task routines; clean out your desk, drawers and computer. Taking baby steps each day will pay off in the long run.
Avoid sugars and high fat foods that cause inflammation and stress. Opt for healthy fresh veggies and fruits for snacks.
Schedule a massage or acupuncture visit – both can relieve aches and stiffness from holiday travel as well as help relax both the body and the mind.
Meditate – studies show that mindful meditation activates the body’s natural relaxation response and can help relieve anxiety, depression and pain. (Check out my guided meditations here:)
Unplug! Disconnecting from electronics allows your brain to recharge and refresh.
Awaken the senses with aromatherapy – essential oils have been shown to impact the sympathetic nervous system, helping to support physical and emotional well-being.
Try chiropractic care – chiropractic adjustments can help reduce or eliminate subluxations that put pressure on nerves that are involved in proper body function. These adjustments can help restore normal nerve communication, promotes better sleep and help eliminate pain and inflammation
Take a yoga class — Yoga combines physical and mental disciplines that can help achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping to alleviate pain, anxiety, insomnia and promoting an overall sense of well-being (check out classes at Amba Yoga).
Final tip: While the memories of the holidays are still fresh in your mind, take this time to jot down a few ideas to avoid falling into the same traps next year!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!
— Dr. Chiappino and Dr. Reynolds