Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some other holiday, the month of December can be straining on the body. There’s so much to do and little time to do them. One thing you should make time for this December is taking care of your mental and physical health. Keep reading to see how your body is being impacted by the holiday season and what you can do to avoid the negative effects.
This year may be different, but some things stay the same. For example, hanging decorations around the house is an activity that many people will continue to do this year. Shopping in stores for hours to find the perfect present for your loved one can wreak havoc on your feet. Holiday baking and gift wrapping are also things that can cause injury to the body.
You can protect your body against injury this holiday season by:
- Staying hydrated
- Pacing yourself
- Taking frequent breaks
- Warming up before and during any strenuous activity
This year has been especially hard for mental health. The holiday season may not make it easier. During this time, you may feel stressed or depressed due to several factors, such as:
- Financial insecurity
- Social distancing
- Family dynamics
- New Year resolutions
To take control of your mental health this December, be sure to do things for yourself. Whether it involves reading a book, watching your favorite movies, or spending quiet time alone, do whatever makes you happy. Make sure you set realistic expectations for yourself, and lastly, remember that it’s okay to feel how you’re feeling. Never be afraid to reach out for help.
It’s normal to put on a few pounds during the Holiday season. Don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’re concerned about gaining weight during this time, you can always prepare yourself in advance. You can start an exercise routine, keep a food diary, and cut back on calories when you anticipate a big meal. However, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself during this time without stressing about gaining weight.
Enjoy the Holidays with the Help of Spotswood Trail
Take care of yourself this holiday season with the help of the professionals at Spotswood Trail. Take some time to recover and relax with a specialty massage. It’s been a long year; you deserve a relaxing massage from a professional massage therapist. With gift certificates available, you can also bring the gift of relaxation to your loved ones.
Give us a call today to schedule your appointment or pick up a gift card!