This holiday season has begun. With the merriment and joy surrounding this time of year, comes the, sometimes, daunting task of holiday travel. Whether you’re traveling by plane or by car, these tips will help keep you feeling fresh and energized so you can fully enjoy your time with friends and family.
- Pack light: Bring only the necessities to minimize your chances of over-packing. Try to avoid packing everything in one large suitcase. Instead, pack two smaller suitcases. This makes it easier to lift bags in and out of the car or in and out of overhead bins.
- Lift bags in stages: Start by lifting your bag to the seat armrest, then to the top of the seatback, and lastly up and into the bin. Do this same pattern in reverse when removing your luggage. Lifting luggage slowly and in stages helps prevent muscle strain. Ask the flight attendants for help if you feel you may struggle with your luggage. When you are lifting, never twist. This is a common cause of lower back injuries. Pivot your feet so your entire body moves in the same direction instead of only your back twisting.
- Bring a travel pillow: By bringing your own pillow, you ensure you’ll have proper support wherever you are going. Stop in to try out our travel size pillows, such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow. We’ll help you find the perfect one.
- Dress comfortably: Wear layers of non-restrictive clothes that allow you to comfortably move. Temperatures vary from airports to airplanes so layers will help keep you feeling comfortable.
- Keep moving: Long flights or car rides have us sitting in the same position for too long. Book an aisle seat so you can easily move about the cabin when allowed. Make pit stops along the way when driving. Moving around as often as possible will avoid muscle stiffness and tension. Simple stretches and massage techniques and tools help to loosen muscle tension. Handheld massagers like Cohen’s Acuball Kit fit in carry-on luggage for quick relief.
- Sit with support: It will not come as a surprise that airline seats do not have the best lumbar support. Use a back cushion, like the Self-Inflating Back Rest, to find proper support during your travels. Seat cushions can also provide joint pressure relief while increasing circulation during long flights or car rides.
- Be realistic: Make plans depending on how your body and energy levels feel and remember to pace yourself. Plan the more physical parts of your trip earlier in the day with frequent breaks. Try not to overdo it in the beginning so you can enjoy your entire trip.
Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you prepare for your holiday travel. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more holiday tips to keep you happy and healthy this season.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of relief and relaxation. At Relax The Back, we know this time of year can become stressful and hectic. We want to help you find year-round relief from pain and tension. Over the next 7 weeks, we will be sharing tips to relax and de-stress during the holidays, gift guides to help you find the perfect gift of comfort and joy for you and your loved ones, as well as a giveaway of our top products.
This year, you get to choose your own giveaway product! Each week you will have the choice between two products. To enter, simply visit our Facebook page and leave a comment on which product you would like to win on the given week’s giveaway post. A new giveaway will be revealed every week. Winners will be selected weekly, at random, prior to the new giveaway being announced. You may enter as many times as you wish.
We hope these tips and products will help you enjoy the holidays in ultimate relaxation and comfort. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more ways to stay pain-free and stress-free this holiday season.
The start of November brings the beginning of the holiday season. The season for family time, gift giving, merriment and traveling. Unfortunately, this time can also bring up a lot of stress, anxiety, and angst. The average American will spend one standard work-week a year on holiday activities alone. Roughly 42 hours a year are spent traveling, wrapping gifts, returning gifts, shopping, and attending holiday parties. Not only can stress ruin your holidays, it can also cause harm to your physical and emotional wellbeing. This year, enjoy the holidays and reduce stress before it begins with these helpful tips:
- Plan ahead: Whether you’re making dinner for friends and family or braving the crowds at the mall, making a list can help save time and energy. Wandering aimlessly around the grocery store or the mall can lead to back aches and foot pain. Making a list can get you in and out of stores quickly while keeping you organized during a hectic schedule.
- Don’t abandon your daily routine: It’s important to stick with your daily habits. Make your workout schedule, meal planning, book club, etc., work with your holiday schedule not against it.
- Say “no”: Be aware of when you are stretching yourself too thin. We often feel we have to say yes to all social engagements around the holidays. In the end, this can leave you feeling run down and stressed about the next event. Instead, make plans with friends and family soon after the holiday season winds down.
- Set aside time for yourself: Go to your favorite workout class, read a book, soak in a warm bath or listen to soothing music. Make sure you are taking time to relax and de-stress.
- Add stress-relieving products to your wish list: Ask for gifts that relieve pain and provide comfort and relaxation. For great gifts for the man, woman, or recent grads in your life take a look at Gifts of Comfort for Moms and Grads and Gift Ideas for Dads.
We hope these tips help you have a stress-free and pain-free holiday season with friends and family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit your local Relax The Back store for more holiday gift ideas.