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How to Combat Holiday Stress

mom and little girl smiling Santa sightings. Tree trimming. Christmas caroling. Purchasing that perfect present. The list of holiday to-dos goes on and on, and with it can be an endless cycle of stress. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 38% of people experience increased stress levels during the holidays. Various factors, such as financial pressure, social obligations, and family conflicts, can cause holiday stress and anxiety.

Fortunately, chiropractic care offers an effective solution to manage these feelings. Dr. Dawson provides practical strategies incorporating chiropractic care and other wellness practices into your routine to help you easily navigate the holiday season.

Get Adjusted

So how does chiropractic care reduce stress? Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve spinal health, reduce muscle tension, foster relaxation, improve sleep, and enhance mood and mental well-being.

Practice Stress-Busting Techniques

Stress reduction techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, or tai chi can significantly alleviate stress and anxiety.

Don’t Back-burner a Balanced Lifestyle

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is another crucial factor in managing holiday stress. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Eat a nutrient-dense diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, including fast food. And if a “food” has multisyllabic ingredients, leave it on the shelf.
  • Engage in regular physical activity and set achievable exercise goals. Having a workout buddy or joining group classes can make exercising more enjoyable and consistent.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking enough water daily has many health benefits.
  • Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night. Avoid screens and caffeine close to bedtime for better sleep quality.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol.
  • Seek support from your loved ones. Open conversations about your feelings, shared activities, and emotional support can significantly help manage holiday stress and anxiety. You don’t have to go it alone.

If you’d like to tame seasonal tension, call (970) 663-2200 today to book an appointment!


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