A few weeks ago we shared {PART I} of our 12 tips to a pain-free holiday. Hopefully you were able to put some of our tips into practice and have enjoyed a relatively pain-free holiday season so far!

With Christmas right around the corner, we wanted to take a moment and share the other half of our 12 tips on how to navigate the holidays back-pain-free!

7.) Don’t Stress About What You Eat at Holiday Parties

Stress and back pain go hand in hand, so why get stressed over indulging a little bit during the holidays? Research shows that eating and talking with good friends will release endorphins and ease stress. So don’t spend too much time counting calories and carbs. On days you don’t have a holiday gathering to attend, just make sure you eat in moderation and exercise.

200330389-0018.) If you Feel Pain Coming On, Don’t Ignore It

With everything going on, sometimes we might ignore signs of back pain and continue to tackle our extensive to-do lists. Unfortunately, that approach will probably make your back pain worse. Be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of back pain and, if you start experiencing back pain, treat it right away. If you don’t treat your pain properly, studies show that back pain has an 80 percent chance of returning.

9.) Give a Hug!

Hugging has been shown by studies to increase oxytocin and reduce blood pressure. Since it is the season of giving, why not give as many hugs as you can and enjoy some of the benefits while you’re at it.

10.) Bend Your Knees to Lift Bags Off the Airport Carousel 158989497

If you’re travelling for the holidays, undoubtedly your suitcase will be packed to the brim. Make sure when lifting your bag off of the airport carousel, you bend at your knees (not at your waist) to pick it up and avoid reaching and lifting—which puts a lot of strain on the low back.

11.) Change Positions While Wrapping Gifts

Wrapping gifts on the ground can be bad for your posture and your back. Try to rotate your body position while wrapping gifts so you aren’t hunched over the same way for hours at a time. Start by standing at a table, move to a comfortable chair, and then back up again.

12.) Get Enough Sleep

There’s no doubt there is always a lot to do during the holidays—between shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking and playing Santa, getting enough sleep can be one of the first things to go on your to-do list. But sleep deprivation is a big contributor to depression which—you guessed it—can have a major impact on back pain.  Try to squeeze in at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night.

What are some of your go-to tips for getting through the holidays pain-free?

Thanks for tuning in! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!