The most wonderful time of the year brings with it the hustle and bustle that we all love wrapping ourselves up in. For many, the holiday season means a change of pace, chilly weather, visitors, events, indulgent meals, and, as much as we don’t like to admit it, stress.
All those cozy dinners, family outings, and the change of weather demand a lot of mental and physical energy. It is easy to forget to put your health first and keep up with a good self-care regimen. Awareness and preparedness are two of the best ways to combat the obstacles that present themselves during the holidays. Let’s look at some of the potential risks and stresses you might encounter this season.
Feeling the Season? Pain and Aches in the Body
Body pain can occur at any time of the year, but they feel worse with cold weather for many people. Lower back pain, knee pain, and pre-existing aches are typically enhanced at this time of year due to decreased activity levels, more time sitting, and mood fluctuations.
Taking a proactive approach to the holiday season when it comes to your physical health can significantly help combat those winter aches and pains. Ensure you stay active. It is essential for good joint health and keeping you strong and healthy. You may also benefit from visiting a physiotherapist who can offer you more comfort through massage, acupuncture, and a customized exercise routine.
Beware of Ice
Snow and ice can create challenging conditions for activities that you enjoy. Falls taken on icy pathways and in parking lots are responsible for many injuries that occur during winter.
Safety starts at home. Ensure that your driveway, path, and steps are free of ice. Watching the forecast, salting, and prompt shoveling when it snows will ensure your home is as safe as possible. Make sure to get yourself a quality pair of winter boots with good grip, and depending on where you go, you can pop on ice grippers for added protection.
Diet and Exercise: For the Cold
Maintaining a healthy diet over the holiday season will prevent weight gain and positively impact your health. Of course, we have to be realistic and know that we will indulge in the delicious treats of the season, but remember, everything in moderation.
While you might find yourself wanting to hunker down on the couch with a warm blanket, staying active is one of the best ways you can practice self-care during the holidays. Frequent exercise is essential for your health. Make sure you adequately warm up as your muscles will be tighter when it’s cold out.
Stressed for the Holiday Season
Nobody wants to spend what is supposed to be the most joyous time of year stressed, exhausted, and ultimately burned out. Practicing gratitude, listening to your body and emotions, and carving out time for self-care are all extremely important. You will be a better person for it and actually be able to enjoy the holidays.
Injury Due to Falls: See the Osteopath
No matter how prepared you are, there is always the chance that you will take an unfortunate tumble on the ice or snow during winter. If you experience a fall that causes you lasting discomfort, we encourage you to visit your osteopath as soon as possible. By addressing and working to treat the injury promptly, you will be on your way to a faster recovery.
If you are looking for further advice on maintaining your physical health during the holidays, connect with Intrinsi Wellness and Rehabilitation in Calgary. You can find more information on our website or call us directly at 403-229-9214