We recently rolled out our own 12 Days of Christmas tips on our Facebook page and thought I’d put them together here. Enjoy!
Do you really want to read through another series of #12DaysofChristmas themed posts during this busy time of year? Likely not. So our first gift to you is that there will be only 6 Days of Christmas tips on how to stay healthy and mobile during the holidays! There, we’ve already saved you lots of precious time to be with your loved ones or get your shopping done.
On top of that, here’s the 1st Day of Christmas tip- A friend of mine, who’s an emergency room doctor told me Thanksgiving is a busy holiday for injuries because people become a little careless. So, assuming you’ve made it through Thanksgiving stitch-free, consider yourself lucky and be careful with the decorations. Turns out that around 200 people a day are treated for injuries related to holiday decorating—can you believe it? So slow down and be safe, not sorry!
Day 2 of the #12DaysofChristmas done in 6 DAYS for your convenience!!
Got tight hamstrings, hip pain, sciatica, back pain, foot or ankle pain? Try this unique Hamstring Push exercise I’ve developed in my clinic. It’s helped so many patients with chronically tight hamstrings and other problems associated with them! All it takes is a door and 5 minutes.
Day 3 of the #12DaysofChristmas in 6 installments ONLY!
Okay admittedly this tip is really benefiting me too, but if you need a powerful gift under $15 the Fixing You: Back Pain 2nd edition book will be hugely helpful for anyone you know who has back or sciatic pain.
These issues can be easier to fix than you might think—no matter how long you’ve had them. Any of the Fixing You books will be a tremendous gift that will keep on giving long after the holiday.
Well, we are over the hump (on hump day no less!), Day 4 of the #12DaysofChristmas done in only 6 DAYS!!
Are you starting to feel OVERWHELMED? Stress often causes people to feel more neck pain or headaches. If this describes you try this simple exercise: Get on your hands and knees and rock back so you’re sitting on your heels, resting your head down on or near the floor. Stretch your hands forward to feel a nice stretch in your shoulders or armpit area. Really go for the stretch and enjoy it while taking at least 5 deep breaths in this position. Now sit back up and see if your neck pain is diminished.
If you found this helpful, this stretch is featured in my neck pain book.
Day 5 of the #12DaysofChristmas!! How you all doing out there?? Take a little time for yourself to be BE GRATEFUL. I know this time of year, things may get crazy. Or maybe you’re a little depressed because it isn’t crazy enough. Either way, be grateful for everything and everyone in your life.
Be grateful for your ability to get up each day and have the opportunity to begin a brand new life.
Be grateful for the choices you have. Focus on at least one thing that is good in your life today.
Keep revisiting that feeling of being grateful.
Day 6 of the #12DaysofChristmas and our last tip for the holiday season – Be Rich. My grandfather had a saying when things were going really well or he was just relaxed. He’d say, “It’s just like being rich!” meaning it just can’t get any better—there’s nothing to worry about. Today, indulge yourself in a special treat, whether it be a cup of hot cocoa, a special scarf you’ve had your eye on, or just sitting down to start a book you’ve been looking forward to.
Take a deep breath while indulging, close your eyes and know that if you can have this one special moment, life is good—you’re rich! Begin focusing on these good things in your life that make this time possible.