holiday stress

Holidays Can Be Happy, Healthy & Pain Free!

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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!

Dr. Nimira's Top 5 Wellness Gifts

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It’s December and whether you partake in the holidays or not, you’ll probably have to get a gift for someone this month!

With so many options out there, these are my Top 5 Wellness Gifts* for family, friends, and colleagues.

1. Water Bottle: Sadly, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and digestive issues among other things. My philosophy is that you can never have too many water bottles! My tried and true hydration bottle has always been my 32oz Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth bottle, but you can also try the newly popular Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated bottle for those that like to keep their water cool or warm. I prefer the 32oz bottle because you don't have to refill it as often and the weight of the bottle naturally makes you drink more frequently so that you're not lugging around a lot of weight!

2. Teamotions Tea: This unique tea was created as a tool to help you tend to your heart. Each tea contains adaptogen herbs and other healing botanicals that restore balance, boost immunity, and increase your body’s resistance to stress and are to be used daily to cultivate a heart-centered approach to emotional health and healing. The original 6 teas are Discover Joy, Seek Peace, Achieve Clarity, Have Hope, Find Strength, and Enjoy Rest. You can buy them here.

3. Massage Gift Certificate: Many people consider massage a luxury item and hardly ever make it to see a really good massage therapist. With all the work we make our body do on a daily basis, I truly believe that massage should be a necessary party of one's self care routine. Treat your favorite person to a massage! For a referral to my favorite massage therapists in the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys, send me an email!

4. A New Pillow: There are 2 kinds of people in this world. One has had the same pillow for the last 20 years (not hygienic) and the other has tested out a ton in the last year! The latter usually has trouble sleeping due to pain or other circumstances. In addition to letting them know about this post, treat them to a Snuggle-Pedic Pillow. A fully customizable treat, they and you'll never try another pillow again! You can get one right here in Agoura HIlls at Selectabed or on Amazon.

5. Instant Pot: The Instant Pot craze is holding strong. Its a great gift, especially for the busy person who wants to make a quick and healthy meal for themselves and family. There are tons of cookbooks, blog posts, and Facebook Groups dedicated to sharing new, easy, and healthy recipes for all types of eating lifestyles. The 8 qt is probably the best deal because we can all easily make small dishes, but having it available for large family meals, gatherings or pot lucks is always a plus. I know that this one is definitely on my wish list!

There you have it, my top 5 wellness gifts that can be used year round and are practical things most people think twice about before buying for themselves.

Share in the comments any other wellness gifts that you've received in the past that you loved and ones that are on your wish list this year!

Happy Holidays and many wishes for a happy and healthy year ahead. Remember, if you know someone who is struggling with their health, share this post with them and let them know I’m here to chat! I’d love to see if I can help someone who’s lost hope in getting past their struggles and living the life they deserve.

*The items shared are endorsements for my favorite things. They are not affiliate links and I do not receive any commission from purchases.

The Calm Before the Storm...

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October is one of those special months I notice every year.

The craziness of back to school has finally settled and there is this quiet, calm feeling as everyone gears up for the holiday chaos that begins the week of Thanksgiving.

It's also one of my busiest months. Just as everyone prepares the physical buildings they live in when they know a storm is approaching with sandbags and supplies for living comfortably, many people are actually preparing their bodies for the same crazy, stressful storm of the holidays that they're going to experience.

It makes sense right? If you're going to prepare your space, you should probably also prepare yourself? To be adaptable and ready to take on all the meetings, and deadlines, and parties, and family time that while very enjoyable, is also pretty taxing on the body.

Making sure your body is adaptable to stress will keep you calm, pain free, have stronger immune function, and full of the energy you need to get through the holidays. Know what determines how adaptable you are? The brain and nervous system!

And a bonus? On New Years Eve you won't have to prep a resolution to take care of yourself better next year. You already will be 3 months ahead, cruising through the first of the year already on your way to accomplishing a resolution that may never have happened "one day".

So, if you're like many of my other clients and you want a leg up on the crazy season that's about to be upon us, give me a call at 805-244-6769 to set up a phone consultation. We can see where you're at and put together your plan for getting through the next few months with ease. 

Connect soon, October will be over before you know it!