While the holidays this year may look different, there are some things that will stay the same. One thing that remains the same is the impact of the holidays on your body. During this time, your body is subject to injury, burnout, and weight gain. If you aren’t careful, you could be starting the new year with a damaged body. Take a look at the ways the holiday season can negatively impact your body and what you can do to prevent these things from happening.


Throughout November, your body is under constant pressure. Think about it. You’re constantly raking leaves, cleaning the house in preparation for guests, and cooking. All of these things have the potential to injure your body and push you to the sidelines for all the festivities. Luckily, you can avoid injuring your body. Throughout this time, always stay hydrated, pace yourself, and take frequent breaks. No task is worth injuring your body.


Under regular circumstances, the holiday season can be stressful. Given the circumstances of this year, the holiday season is even more stressful. This November, you may experience:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Financial difficulties
  • Strained family dynamics
  • The added difficulty of social distancing

However, these things can be dealt with. Throughout this month, remember to practice self-care, pace yourself, and make sleep a priority. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because all of us need help sometimes. Lastly, have realistic expectations of yourself and others. No one is perfect, and that’s okay.

Weight Gain

Arguably, the best part of November is sitting around the table and celebrating Thanksgiving. While many people believe that Thanksgiving is the source of their holiday weight gain, in reality, it’s only part of the reason. Throughout November, people are prone to eat and drink more than usual. While a little weight gain is okay, it doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for this uptick in advance. Start exercising, cut back on the number of calories you eat before a party, and keep a food diary. Maintaining your weight is possible during this time

We’re Here for You During the Holidays

Here at Spotswood Trail, we know how stressful the holiday season can get. That’s why we’re here to help you get through it by providing professional massages. Our licensed massage therapists are trained in a variety of techniques, and that means we have a solution for any situation you may be experiencing during this time. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

If you’d like to purchase a gift card for yourself or a loved one to help with self care, you can do so here.