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Shopping, wrapping, baking, gifting, decorating… and stressing? It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, there’s a lot of pressure to make the season magical. And where there’s pressure, there’s stress. The good news? Chiropractic care can help! Read on for the benefits of chiropractic care to ease symptoms of holiday stress.


Money, work, family, and pursuit of the “perfect” holiday season can feel overwhelming this time of year, and you may feel this kind of stress present itself in a few specific symptoms:

  • headaches
  • body aches and tension
  • anxiety
  • sadness or irritability
  • trouble sleeping

Instead of trying to grin and bear it, there are a few actionable steps that could make all the difference.

Prioritize the important stuff

Accept the fact that you can’t – and shouldn’t! – do everything this season. Instead, make a list of the things that really mean the most to you. Maybe it’s baking cookies with your children, attending a certain holiday gathering, or choosing the perfect tree as a family. Make plans for these important events, and let the rest of it go.

Make time for yourself

The act of self-care is important year-round, so build in time to relax and recharge. Exercise is a particularly beneficial stress buster, and you might try scheduling three or four workouts a week into your schedule. At the very least, give yourself time for a little mindful breathing several times a day.

Remember what matters

It really is the thought that counts, so let go of the idea that you have to spend hours hunting for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Make a budget and stick to it.


Even with the best intentions, this is a busy season. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of holiday stress we listed above, chiropractic care can help. In Reno, Dr. McSweeney offers a holistic approach to chiropractic care that will reduce stress in a few different ways:

  • Improved spinal function to minimize stress to your system
  • Released muscle tension to relax the whole body
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Recommendations for stretches, posture tips, exercises, and even supplements to reduce tension in the body.

This holiday season, we hope you truly enjoy time spent with family and friends. If holiday stress is making you wish it was January already, we invite you to schedule a visit with Dr. McSweeney.