Though it is all fun, it can be a very stressful time as well. All this accumulating stress can be a source for back pain. When we’re stressed our muscles get tense and tense muscles are more susceptible to pain. Here are some tips from your Los Angeles Spine Surgeryspecialist on how to keep your spine pain-free this holiday season.
1. Time Management
Plan out the things you need to get done ahead of time and allot time in your day to do those things. This way you will be using your time effectively and won’t be stressing yourself out. Leave yourself some wiggle room during your day. Having too many things to do will make your stress even worse. If you’re planning a shopping trip, divide it into a couple of days and disperse them throughout the month. This way you won’t spend all your time walking around and stressing about finding the perfect gift for hours in a day.
2. Take a break
Think of yourself this holiday season. Of course it’s great to help out, especially in the season of giving, but too much running around will put more strain on your back. Also, a well-rested person is more productive and efficient than someone who is worn down. So take some time this season to do what relaxes you and makes you happy.
3. Stay healthy and hydrated
Because we run around so much during the holidays we forget to eat healthy. We resort to junk food that we see during our trips to the mall, or we order in because we have no time to cook. Remember that eating right will make you feel good. Junk food can leave you feeling lethargic and in the long run will cause weight gain, which only makes back pain worse. Also, drink a lot of water in order to stay hydrated. Your muscles need water to function correctly and dehydration can cause muscle stiffness and soreness.
Los Angeles Spine Surgery
Don’t let stress get in the way of your holiday cheer. Follow these tips to keep your spine healthy and happy this holiday season. For more information on Los Angeles Spine Surgery, please contact our team at: (310) 928-2769.