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How to stay relaxed and stress-free through the holidays

“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate”

Henry David Thoreau

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                        Welcome to November! While we welcome the crisp fall air, apple pies, and colored leaves we also begin the start of the busy holiday season. Below are some simple tips on how to stay relaxed and stress free during this busy time of year.

Take a Warm Bath. Soaking in a tub full of warm water can work wonders when you’re feeling stressed. The warm water relaxes you physically, loosening tight, stiff muscles. And, as a result, you relax mentally as well.

Read a Good Book. One of the best ways to deal with a stressful situation, especially if the stress is caused by something you have no control over, is to not think about it. And one of the easiest ways to get your mind off things that are bothering you is to read a good book. Read the latest best seller that you’ve been looking forward to or choose an old favorite.

Listen to Some Music. It’s a proven fact that soothing music can be relaxing. The type of music you choose is entirely up to you. Buy a CD featuring soft, modern ballads, gentle classics, smooth jazz, or New Age music. When you feel stressed, pop the music into the player and let the music carry you away.

Take a Deep Breath. Something as simple as taking a couple of deep breaths can work wonders. So, the next time you feel stressed, take a few slow, deep breaths. And, if you can, add a full body stretch. Stretching and yawning are also relaxing.

Try Aromatherapy. Certain scents have been found to have a calming, relaxing effect on the human body. One of those scents is lavender. You can buy lavender candles and place them around your home or office. Whenever you’re feeling stressed, burning a lavender candle can help you relax. Just make sure your lavender candles are made with essential oils.

Try Visualization. The things you visualize or imagine can actually have an effect on your mood. The next time you are feeling stressed, take a moment to close your eyes and imagine that you are somewhere more relaxing, like on a beach. Imagine that you can feel the cool breeze against your skin, and hear the ocean waves. If you’re stressed about a situation, like giving a speech in front of a large crowd, close your eyes and visualize yourself giving the speech, and everything going perfectly. Visualization can help you feel calmer, and better able to deal with whatever has you feeling stressed in the first place.

Spend Time Outdoors. Sunlight and fresh air have remarkable abilities to heal our spirit. Often something just as simple as taking a short walk around the block can help reset our priorities. Even yard work can be relaxing if approached from the right frame of mind.

Be Consistent with your Chiropractic care. When you stay on schedule with your corrective care plan or wellness plan you will receive the fullest benefit, a “powered on” nervous system. Your brain, spinal cord and all of your nerves control and regulate your body. Every cell, tissue, organ and system take orders from your nervous system. Therefore, when your nervous system is fully powered, you will truly benefit from the steps taken towards relaxation.

Northboro Chiropractic Center~www.northborochiropractic.com

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