1. Mange Stress– Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Stress is one of the leading causes of unnecessary illness that can effect your mental state leading to depression, anxiety and body pain which can cause us alot of unwanted tension in the upper shoulders causing neck pain and back pain.
-Deal with Stress and body aches by taking some time to foam roll your back, calves, quads and neck while reading your favorite book by the Christmas tree and warming up by the fireplace. All you need is less then 5 minutes to create an effect on the fasica. Just a little bit goes a long way. Remember to be preventative and roll even before the feeling of pain. Be consistent and take the time to roll during the holidays.
-Take with your a TRball in your purse or in the car to massage in your glutes while waiting in bust traffic or holiday shopping in you upper shoulders, pecs or roll through your feet after a long stressful day.
2. Prevent Depression with Vitamin D. Vitamin D has been proven to reduce depression and pain. People are more susceptible to depression over winter as our vitamin D levels are limited by the sun especially in Northern Hemispheres. So it is critical in the winter months to supplement with higher doses of Vitamin D or take a trip somewhere sunny and warm to rejuvenate.
It has become abundantly clear that vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and could be contributing to hundreds of common health problems. In fact, correcting your vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of dying from any cause by 50 percent, according to one analysis.
Vitamin D May Reduce Depression and Pain
“The investigators set out to determine how vitamin D supplementation might affect women with type 2 diabetes who were also suffering from depression.
At the beginning of the study, 61 percent of women reported neuropathic pain, such as shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet, and 74 percent had sensory pain, such as numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers and legs.
During the course of the study, the participants took a 50,000 IU vitamin D2 supplement every week for 6 months. By the end of the study, the women’s depression levels had significantly improved following the supplementation.
Furthermore, participants who suffered from neuropathic and/or sensory pain at the beginning of the study reported that these symptoms decreased at 3 and 6 months following vitamin D2 supplementation.”
In related news, vitamin D supplementation has been found to reduce both depression and pain in diabetic women. As reported by PsychCentral:4
3. Wine and Rolling: Chose gift that are simple and will be helpful to people and are relaxing and a great conversation piece. Travel Roller makes the perfect holiday gift! It even fits a bottle of wine inside. Get them a Travel Roller and store a bottle inside for the perfect Holiday Cheer gift! Having a glass of wine and rolling is a wonderful way to loosen up. (1 glass is therapeutic for improving circulation and reducing stress- but drinking two glasses and certainly the whole bottle becomes stressful on the body and is a big no no. *Drinking too much alcohol over the holidays can do more harm them good. Which can lead to dehydration, bad skin, headaches, sluggishness and weight gain.
4. Be Active Daily– Get at least 30 mins of daily activity or mobility work in daily. This can be 10 mins of light exercise in the morning. Followed by a 15 min walk/moderate intensity exercise at lunch and 5 mins of stretching and rolling before bed. This will help you feel more mobile and energized to get through the holidays and prepare you for other activities winter such as skiing, skating, snowshoeing and keep off the extra holiday weight.
5. Be grateful– Show gratitude for what you already have and not wanting more then what you need. People get so caught up in the latest trends things and stuff and we forget that its what really makes us happy is relationships, friends and family. So cherish those you love like its the last time you will ever see them. Life is short so make it count! Nurture your mind, body and spirit daily. Show love, give love and open your arms to LOVE and GRATITUDE.