Surviving the Summer Holidays
Love them or hate them, the summer holidays are here and in full swing! Lilliput Health are wishing you a lovely summer break! To help you get the best out of them were are offering some hints and tips!
First of all, if you have kids off school it’s important to remember it’s a break for them, but we need breaks too! Kids keep us constantly on the go and (even though we love them dearly) they can be quite demanding and tiring. This can raise the stress hormone, cortisol. Chronic stress is linked with a plethora of health implications such as: gut issues, skin/hair problems, muscle tightness and body aches + pains. This is why it’s vital to give yourselves a break away from the kids. Organise a play date (or even better, a sleepover) to give yourself time to chill and unwind. This will give your body time to destress and lower cortisol levels. Side note – take this time to relax, no house work, sending emails or taking the mother in law shopping… just stop, breathe, read a book or nap!
When you do have the kids, being outdoors is a great way to burn off excess energy. A popular place to do this round here is the beach! Just be wary how much stuff you take with you, your body wont appreciate carrying the cool box, bucket + spade, wind breaker, BBQ, tent, inflatable dolphin and a sleeping child all in one go! Plan to travel as light as you can so you don’t strain your back or shoulders. When you finally get to your spot take some time to remember how your body felt last time after sitting on sand all day. To help prevent that discomfort make sure you move regularly, every 20 minutes get up, walk around or go for a swim. Take a lightweight camp chair if your body doesn’t cope with sitting on the ground. If you do get a chance to sunbathe avoid lying on your tummy, particularly if you are prone to a sore neck.
Be aware of the footwear you choose, even though flip flops are quick, easy and stylish they change how your body works (see our up coming flip flop blog). They can cause knee, ankle and back pain. Perhaps swap them for a pair of trainers or a supportive sandal.
Strange beds and unfamiliar activities can leave some of us feeling like we need another holiday when we get back! If you were sensible, you would have pre-booked your next check up with your favourite chiropractor before you went away. If it slipped your mind give us a call on 01202 725090 or visit www.total therapy.co.uk to book your appointment!
We look forward to seeing you soon, happy holidays!!