Navigating the Holidays: Unwrapping the Risks of the festive season

As the festive season descends upon the sun-kissed shores of Australia, it’s time to revel in the warmth of summer and the joy of Christmas. However, amidst the celebrations, it’s crucial to prioritise self-care and ensure a holiday season that is both enjoyable and injury-free. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips for taking care of yourself and your loved ones during the holiday season.

The Annual Family “Friendly” Competition:
From cricket games in the backyard to hiking trails, the family “friendly” activities that bring everyone together. However, we forget that playing cricket once a year doesn’t mean that we are physically prepared for the fast balls and tackles from our younger, stronger, fitter relatives. It is essential to take certain precautions to ensure that these activities remain safe and injury-free.
Tip: Know your limits, you are not Usain Bolt. Wear appropriate footwear (and padding if you need). Be aware of your surroundings and maybe let the kids take the win.

Tangled Tinsel Tumble:
Whether hosting gatherings or decorating your home, being mindful of potential hazards is crucial. Older members of the family aren’t used to lifting their feet over your rug nor is our dog used to accidentally running into the 6 foot tree in the corner of the living room that wasn’t there before. No one wants their home to be a jenga tower of falling family members during the holiday season. The only reward is new injuries and bruises.
Tip: Secure loose rugs, ensure walkways are well-lit, and be cautious when using ladders or standing on elevated surfaces for decorations. Keep decorations and cords out of high-traffic areas to prevent tripping.

Festive Fatigue
While the holidays can be a time of joy, they can also bring about stress and anxiety. When you are in charge of the pavlova, picking up mum from the nursing home, setting the table all whilst needing to be in two places at once, it is hard not to be put together. Balancing social commitments, family expectations, and personal well-being is key to a healthy and happy festive season.
Tip: Prioritise self-care activities such as mindfulness, meditation, or a leisurely walk to manage stress and maintain mental well-being. Set boundaries to protect your mental health. Take time out for yourself, do not cancel your pilates session or your osteopathy appointment, your body will thank you later.

Don’t Forget Old Mate H20!
The summer heat can be relentless, and dehydration is a common concern during the festive holidays (especially when the egg nog is the go to). Whether you’re enjoying a beach day, a barbecue, or a festive gathering, it’s essential to stay hydrated to prevent fatigue and heat-related issues.
Tip: Carry a reusable (or emotional support) water bottle and make a conscious effort to drink water regularly, especially if “the grinch” is your new favourite cocktail.

By incorporating these injury prevention tips into your holiday plans, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for yourself, your family, and friends. Prioritising safety allows everyone to fully embrace the festive spirit without starting off the new year in the ED.

Michaela Caldow

Michaela believes in treating the whole person, not just the injury, providing a holistic patient-centreed approach to treatment. She has a keen interest in the neuro-musculoskeletal system, whilst taking on a biopsychosocial approach to treatment.