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Dr. Rick's Health Tip of the Month

December 2000

5 Steps to Healthier, Happier Holidays

By Rick Allen, DC

1. Be Good to Yourself

  • Moderation is the key. Avoid perfectionism.
  • Stress is the most common cause of holiday depression. Get professional help if necessary, including seeing your chiropractor. Chiropractic care helps to reduce stress and normalize nervous system function.
  • Eat, drink and stay healthy - avoid the cheesecake
  • Create exercise opportunities.
  • Get away from it all - beautiful Northwest US.

2. Make a Family Plan -

  • Limit time with relatives.
  • Decide whose house or use a neutral site.

3. Create Meaningful Rituals

  • Forget the rushing around. Do less and enjoy more.
  • What would you like to change or eliminate?
  • Take advantage of simple, healthy pleasures.
  • If lonely, volunteer - e.g., The Grotto in Portland.

4. Spend Responsibly

  • Limit gift giving.
  • Don't use credit cards. Pay cash instead.
  • Make donations in a friend's name.
  • Give the gift of time.

5. Cultivate holiday spirit

  • NOTE: Only 28% of Americans are joyful at holidays because of family tension, social pressures and financial woes.
  • Be mindful of the meaning: love, forgiveness, and sense of community.
  • Spiritual holidays.
  • Tap into the power of prayer.
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