The holidays is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. Whether it’s by plane, car, train, or bus, everyone seems to have somewhere to go between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. While it’s great to be able to meet up with family and friends during the holidays, all of that travel can take a major toll on your body. Here are a few strategies that you can use during and after your holiday trip to deal with some of the most common trials and tribulations of holiday travel.
Alleviating the Aches and Pains of Long Trips
Airline travel is commonly associated with physical discomfort, and for good reason. Everyone dreads having to stand for hours in line, lift heavy bags into overhead compartments, and get squished between other passengers on jam-packed flights. And travel by car can be just as uncomfortable — even when you have the chance to stop and stretch your legs, spending hours at a time on the freeway can leave you feeling tense, tight, and tired by the time you arrive at your destination.
Whether you are an Atlanta native or just visiting for the holidays, a massage can be a great way to help you recover from the aches and pains of holiday travel. That way, if you are in town for the holidays, you can enjoy the time you are spending with your family and friends. Alternatively, if you are returning home to Atlanta after a holiday excursion, a massage can help you bounce back at full strength as you resume your normal work schedule and exercise routine.
Deep tissue massage is an ideal option when recovering from holiday travel. Not only does this massage modality release the inevitable muscle tension that builds up over the course of a long trip, but it also boosts circulation. This ensures that the necessary oxygen and nutrients are reaching your muscles and joints, and it can help flush out any lingering toxins.
If you went on a really long trip this holiday season, a massage can also help you get over the jet lag. By normalizing your circulation, massage can help reorient both your body and your mind to your regular sleep schedule. It can also help reduce general inflammation, which is another common symptom of jet lag.
Managing the Stress of Holiday Travel
Holiday travel doesn’t just take a toll on your body — it can also have a significant impact on your mental health. You probably already know that the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport is the busiest airport in the world. In fact, an estimated 4 million fliers will pass through the airport this holiday season, so you can expect things to be busy. For many passengers this week, things got even more stressful when there as a major power outage at the airport. Around the country, roadways are also expected to be packed with cars, so you can also expect to hit traffic. To put it simply: when it comes to holiday travel, you have to be ready for the unexpected.
Staying relaxed when you are faced with unpredictable travel conditions can be a major challenge, especially when you are already under pressure to make the holidays perfect. One thing that might be able to help you manage your stress is a nutritional supplement that supports healthy adrenal hormone production. The reality is, you can’t control your circumstances during holiday travel, but you can fuel your body in a way that can help regulate your natural response.
A supplement that has been formulated specifically for stress is the ideal option for the holiday season. When you are altering your diet to make room for holiday treats, it can be even harder than usual to get all of the nutrients you need solely from the food you eat. A stress-specific supplemental formulation like Stress B — which includes activated B-vitamins, vitamin C, and L-carnitine — can help you brush off holiday travel mishaps instead of losing your cool.
Avoiding Stomach Issues Associated with Holiday Travel
When you travel for the holidays, you will inevitably be eating things you aren’t used to. Not only will your stomach be hit with foods that it only sees once a year, but you also might not have access to your go-to breakfast and lunch staples when you are staying with a family member or at a hotel. GI issues are also commonly associated with jet lag.
Both nutritional supplementation and massage therapy can help regulate your digestive system when you are faced with unfamiliar foods during the holiday season. Even if your diet isn’t undergoing radical changes, a probiotic supplement can help support healthy digestion when you are eating out or trying your friend’s new holiday cookie recipe. Similarly, a massage can help regulate body processes and ensure that your digestive system continues to function normally.
This holiday season, Atlanta Chiropractic and Medicine is here to support your wellness so that you can enjoy the celebrations and ring in a happy and healthy new year. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!