The Ultimate Holiday Season Survival Guide

Ahh the holidays.  Friends, family, food and more. But as great a time of year as this is it is also the time of year many peoples health habit take a turn for the worst.  But fear not, this Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide will remind you of the easiest things you can do to make sure you don’t get too far off track this holiday season!

#1) Drink Water- Now I don’t mean only drink water but remember to drink at least several glasses of water a day.  If your dehydrated you are more likely to have headaches, low energy and generally feel crumby.  Ohh, and staying hydrated helps maintain a healthy weight so it can help ward off those holiday pounds.  Bottom line, have a few glasses of water every day.


#2) Sleep 8 Hours a Night- This time of year is busy, busy, busy.  If it’s not a work party its Christmas shopping. Or a family gathering (or 4). Or just a busy week trying to organize all said events so you don’t go crazy remember where to be when with who!  You will get worn down this time of year. You absolutely need to sleep enough or by New Years you will be fried.  8 hours is good.  More if needed. Seriously. Sleep.


#3) Keep Alcohol and Caffeine to a Minimum- I’m not saying don’t have a coffee in the morning or some drinks with friends and family. Just keep an eye on it.  With parties and get togethers happening almost nightly for a week or two its easy to have several late nights followed with a caffeine fueled push through the next day.  It doesn’t take long for this to completely fry your system. This is especially true if you sleep deprived and dehydrated (see points #1 and #2 above! ).  Just be smart and don’t over do it and all will be well.


#4) Do Some Form of Exercise- It doesn’t need to be anything fancy just make sure to keep somewhat active. Go for a walk, lift some weights or do some yoga. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something! Falling off the exercise wagon is what makes getting back in the swing of things after the new year so difficult.


#5) Have a Few Healthy Meals Planned- As mentioned above, this time of year can get crazy!  This often means healthy eating gets forgotten. Simply planning a few healthy meals a week can go a long ways towards keeping the ship mostly upright during the holidays when cookies, meat and cheese trays and straight up comfort food become extremely common.


#6) Get Your Spine Adjusted- Most back aches, headaches and such result from misaligned bones in the spine. Once a bone is out of place it also affects the function of the whole body ( see organs ) which means the whole system is under even more stress.  Getting adjusted a few times over the holiday season can help reduce stress, lower any pain you might have and just generally lets the body work better! You can’t beat a good adjustment.


Well there you have it! Things are going to get hairy the next few weeks but follow the tips in this guide and you will come through in the New Year in decent shape ready to hit your resolutions hard and not feeling like a total zombie.  Happy Holidays and enjoy!

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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