December brings joy and festivities, but it also can increase our stress. Despite our efforts to slow down and focus on what matters most, the normal hustle and bustle of this season often affects our overall health.
For some, the holidays can create difficult demands on our time, relationships or finances. For others, the “I can do it all” mentality kicks into high gear this time of year. That’s stressful! And even if your month is filled with fun activities with friends and family, December can take its toll. Simply juggling more commitments and feeling the holiday crunch on our calendars can prompt physical problems, from aches and pains, to decreased immunity, to less emotional resilience when we face stressful situations.
The interesting thing is, from a physical standpoint, our bodies don’t always react proportionally to stress. When we perceive stress, our nervous system responds, even if the stressor is not a true physical threat. Over time, the affect of even small stressors may be enough to kick our bodies into “fight or flight” mode. And that can create problems. The typical result is getting stuck in a negative neurological pattern, rather than adapting and coming back into balance, as our bodies were designed to do.
When functioning properly, our bodies have a wonderful ability to adapt and adjust. Stress undermines that natural ability. With upper cervical care that aligns the top vertebrae, our spine can reset itself. This alleviates pain, bolsters immunity and helps the whole body heal. So this year, make your own holiday wellness plan and hit the “reset” button on seasonal stress.
My holiday wish for you is to spend the season happy, healthy and pain free!