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For many people, the holidays are associated with packing a suitcase and hitting the road. In fact, about 98 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more to see loved ones during the year’s end holiday season. Between congested airports, cold weather and family dynamics, making a holiday journey during this time of year can be stressful.

Making this yearly trek doesn’t have to transform you into a bundle of nerves, however. With a little bit of planning, deep breathing and the right relaxation tools, this year’s holiday season can be a totally joyful experience—whether or not you travel far. Follow these tips for a peaceful visit.

1. Get comfy

Driving in a cramped car or dragging luggage through a crowed airport are some of the most uncomfortable parts of holiday travel. Now is the time to bust out your most comfy sweaters, neck pillows and essential oils so you can try and make these experiences just a tad more pleasant. Try downloading the Headspace meditation app to re-center yourself on your expedition or pack your most plush slipper-socks—anything you can do to be as physically and mentally comfortable as possible.

2. Give your immune system a boost

The only thing to compound travel stress more than, say, someone kicking the back of your seat for hours on end, is coming down with an unexpected cold. To prevent contracting some icky bug along the way, give your immune system a boost before you leave. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and unprocessed foods the week before you venture out, catch up on your sleep, and take a boost of chaga mushroom powder or another immunity-enhancing superfood to prepare your system for your trip.

3. Plan your meals

Poor nutrition and low blood sugar do not mix with stressful travel. Avoid any crashes by planning when your meals will take place, incorporating healthy and fresh foods into your meals whenever possible, and packing along some energy bars for emergencies.

4. Know your boundaries

You are already stepping outside your comfort zone when you leave your home and embark on a trip—it’s important to know how far you are willing to extend yourself and to make these boundaries known to friends and family. If your auntie begs you to stay for another night, but you need a day’s rest at home before returning to work, stick to your boundary and let her down nicely. The same goes for any rough conversation that may pop up at dinnertime: if things get too heated, politely explain that you are not comfortable discussing the topic any longer and request the discussion be resumed at another time and place.

5. Prioritize self-care

The holidays are about sharing our time and focus with loved ones, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose ourselves in the process. Whether you feel overwhelmed while monitoring your budget, entertaining family or traveling to a different state, be sure to prioritize keeping yourself in good and healthy spirits. Replenish whatever becomes deprived along the way and you will feel refreshed for the new year.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-stay-relaxed-during-holiday-travel.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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