Stress Relief After the Holidays: Getting Back on Track

Christmas may have come and gone, but it has a tendency to leave a few things behind.  Unfortunately for some, one lingering effect of the holiday season may be stress.  Between the mad dash to complete shopping, fighting traffic and crowds, travel plans, and events to attend, it really isn’t any wonder that “the most wonderful time of the year” is also notorious for being one of the most stress-inducing.  And, now that you finally have a chance to slow down the pace, it’s understandable that the tension you’ve felt is finally catching up.  But, don’t worry about your stress level just yet.  Take the following tips into consideration to help you quickly get back to feeling like yourself.

Make Time to Laugh

With so much to accomplish and in such little time, it can be difficult to slow down and really enjoy this time of year.  But, by making some time to spend with friends or a good movie that’s always a guaranteed laugh, you’ll not only find yourself having a more enjoyable time, you’ll be doing your health a favor as well.  Laughter really is medicine - one that’s been proven to help boost your immune system and reduce stress hormones!

Squeeze in Some Exercise

Working out may not be on your mind until the spring, but every little bit of exercise you can get in now will help to restore your mental health and ease any feelings of stress.  And, it doesn’t even have to mean hitting the gym.  Any activity that gets your heart rate up and releases endorphins can do amazing things for your body and mind in the hours ahead.

See an Acupuncturist

The ancient practice of acupuncture has a host of associated benefits.  Practitioners use it to help patients fight everything from chronic pain to allergies, and yes, even stress.  Scientific studies have even backed up these benefits, showing that the practice is effective at helping the body block stress-inducing hormones and restore balance for a greater feeling of overall wellbeing.

Get an Adjustment

Misalignment of the spine and associated discomfort is a bigger stressor than most realize.  Furthermore, from gift wrapping to hanging decorations, the added strain that we tend to put on our bodies during the holiday season only serves to exacerbate this problem.  An adjustment by a skilled chiropractic physician can help restore comfort and get your body back on track, because the simple fact is that when your body feels and functions better, so does your mind.

If you’re still feeling the stress of the holiday season, give these tips a shot.  While each may help, using them in conjunction with one another is sure to help you experience some improvement.  So, take some time to laugh, get moving with physical activity, and contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers to find out how and when you can schedule both a chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture treatment!