Our Osteopath Christmas wishes and tips to get the most out of this holiday season:
Thank you for being a wonderful client of my osteopathic practice.
It’s that busy time of year again and often stressful. I recommend a very good plan is to have a treatment at Body & Mind Clinic to de stress before Christmas Day.
In the meantime, if you are feeling overwhelmed, keep breathing into your belly, making the out breath longer than your in breath as this will help you relax (technically speaking it will encourage the parasympathetic aspect of your autonomic nervous system to boost up and improve your relaxation response).
I would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and very happy festive season.
Your Osteopath in Toronto
Osteopath Christmas Tips For Staying Healthy This Holiday Season
Christmas is finally here! This month we’re giving you some awesome tips on keeping yourself healthy over the Christmas period. We all know how easy it is to eat and drink too much and move too little when the treats come a’ calling! Try some of these handy hints when you find yourself overindulging this silly season.
As an Osteopath, our best advice would be to go for a walk or do some physical activity and make it a regular part of your holiday period. Enjoy the fine weather or at least use daylight saving to add some exercise at the end of your day. There is nothing better than an early morning stretching session or yoga routine with a fresh view or a beach to yourself! A change of scenery can give that extra boost you need!
Be Mindful of Your Posture
Watch your spine when either lugging heavy gifts around at the shops or when stooped over wrapping all those presents. This is also really important with long car drives! As osteopaths, we see pain associated with lifting and prolonged postures all day every day. Your best posture is your next posture.
Listen to your body for any warning signs that may indicate you have an injury; such as reduced range of motion, stiffness, pain, or soreness.
And if you are in pain or already managing an injury, avoid the mad dash to get your house perfect before relatives arrive. It is no use having it glowing when you are in agony!
Everything In Moderation
Just because it’s Christmas does not mean you have to challenge Santa’s diet! Try to remember everything in moderation.
And yes, that means alcohol too!
Make an alcohol deal with yourself! Don’t have any more than you would have had normally if it wasn’t Christmas. Alcohol dehydrates you and has vast negative effects on your health and wellbeing. Balance each glass with a glass of water or herbal tea.
Manage Your Mental Health
Anxiety, depression, and stress are very common during the festive season. Reflect on the success you had this year, not your perceived misgivings. Use the time to set your goals for the New Year, and remember to make them achievable. Reach out to friends or family if you are struggling. We know this time of year can be particularly tough for some. If you need help ASK!
Get Enough Sleep
Break up your events by planning some early nights in and commit to your sleep routine. And if you’re like us Osteopaths, we LOVE our pillow. And no matter how good the hotel pillow menu is. It’s just not the same as my own pillow.
Especially for those of us who have a sensitive neck or are prone to headaches. Knowing I’m going to get a good night’s sleep on the pillow is essential. A little tougher if you’re flying somewhere. But can certainly be done!
Know Your Limits
Be mindful of enthusiastically testing out new presents or demonstrating how to do something to the kids, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve ridden a bike or a skateboard or played hockey! Don’t ruin your holidays by getting injured. We hope our osteopath Christmas tips will be helpful.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any specific questions.
Take ACTION now… and Book an appointment – Give your body a great start to the holiday period.