7 Tips for Managing Holiday Back and Neck Pain

December 3, 2012

The holidays are coming up. As the song sings, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays are also known as stressful times. There are so many things to do: clean the house, buy holiday presents, arrange family gatherings, and cook holiday meals. The list goes on. The endless to-do list unfortunately can cause stress, anxiety, as well as back and neck pain.

The following tips can help you reduce the stress, and avoid holiday back pain and neck pain.

Plan ahead. Write down the things you need to, or want to, do before the holidays. Allocate time to each task accordingly, and put them on your calendar. A well organized plan can help you reduce the stress and thus help prevent back pain.

Start early. Everything takes longer than you expect. So start the holiday preparation early. Complete one or two things each day, and cross them out from you to-do list as you move along. The shorter your to-do list gets, the better you feel, and the lower chance you’ll suffer from neck or back pain.

Shop online. Shopping in the mall can be tiring. Spending hours walking from store to store can trigger back pain, especially the lower back pain.Shop online is an easy alternative. Plus, many online stores such as Amazon offer online discounts and free shipping. Besides avoiding lower back pain caused by shopping in the mall, you may even get a better deal by shopping online. Just remember don’t sit in front of your computer for too long. Prolonged sitting may cause neck pain and lower back pain as well.

Prioritize. Not all things are equally important. Start the most important things first. If you have time to complete you to-do list before the holidays, great. If not, the little things left behind will not bother you as much as the big things.

Ask for help. Most people do like to help out. It makes them feel good. So as you prepare for the holidays, get your family members involved. Ask your kids to help out with grocery shopping, invite your in-laws to bake cookies together, and let your friends to bring dishes to share. This way, you’ll have less stress, and other people in your circle will have more fun.

Relax. When it comes to the holiday season, relaxing is the last thing on many people’s mind. But if you want to keep the holiday back pain at bay, relaxing at this time is more important than ever. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and stretch. If it’s possible, get a massage. A pre-holiday massage may benefit you more than a post-holiday massage.

Be happy. The holidays are supposed to be fun. So be happy and enjoy the precious time with family and friends. And if you are happy, the chances are people around you will feel happy.

The holidays can be stressful. And the stress can trigger back pain and neck pain. But it does not have to be that way. You may be able to avoid holiday back pain and neck pain by following the above tips. As the holidays coming up, we wish your holidays full of joy and happiness instead of back pain.

Enjoy your holidays!