It’s that time of year again. This time of year is when most of us are under more stress, more tension.
A Google search of “mental and physical stress from holidays” will bring up tons of articles by the Mayo Clinic, The American Diabetes Association, Coping with Autism, Psychology Today, & Harvard Medical School to name a few.
It is vital to develop strategies for dealing with stress. But it is also important to learn to recognize the signs and signals that your body is giving you that stress is affecting your health. Are your shoulders feeling more tight and tense? Are you experiencing headaches or low back pain? Are you just feeling out of line? Are you sniffling, sneezing, tired and run down? You may be suffering from what we call ING syndrome.
There are several potential causes of ING syndrome. Diagnosis of the ING syndrome is directly related to excessive amounts of certain holiday activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: shoppING, decoratING, cookING, eatING, bakING, plannING, entertainING, stressING, wrappING, sleddING, skatING, SkiING, travelING, visitING, singING, laughING, drivING, shovelING, dancING . . . just to name a few.
Some strategies to over come ING Sydrome & lower your stress levels include: regular chiropractic adjustments to optimize Nerve System function & the brain-body connection, massage therapy, exercise (yoga is great for EVERYONE), meditation, drink plenty of water, relax with loved ones, get some alone time, Eat well (MOST of the time – it’s the holidays and let’s face it – we are going to have a treat of two), and be grateful, laugh and love!
Don’t wait for January to be proactive about your health – your health is your MOST important asset. Go strong through December – make chiropractic care important this month by remembering how instrumental and vital it is to staying well during this stressful time of year.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you leapING your way into 2014 in the best health possible.