1. Keep it Simple
To avoid stress, headaches and neck or back pain, ensure that your expectations of Christmas are realistic. Resist the notion of perfection: there is no such thing as a perfect Christmas, despite what the “family around the fireside” adverts imply. Opt instead for a relaxed atmosphere in which everyone shares tasks and agrees that “good enough” is the yardstick.
2. Mindful Shopping
To avoid undue strain on your spine you should;
• Have a break regularly and keep hydrated
• Where sensible, flat, supportive shoes
• Do several small trips rather than one large overload trip
3. Keep Active
As more and more people suffer from back problems, we need to proactively move away from our sedentary habits. Encourage the whole family to take Christmas walks (they might even enjoy it!). Give children and young people Christmas presents which will prompt everyone to be more active: skipping ropes, space hoppers, hula hoops, Frisbees, balls etc.
4. Everything in Moderation
Drink plenty of water, avoid excessive eating or drinking as both of these impact negatively on your health and well-being.
5. Sit Up!
Sitting glued to the television for prolonged periods may cause your spine to go into spasm. Move around and stretch regularly. Ensure your chair has good spinal support and that you are not slouching.
Finally, have a wonderful time this Christmas and share with those you love.