Have you lost your Christmas Cheer?


Christmas is coming and I am totally one of those annoying people who starts bringing it up super early.  I find it so interesting and have actually found myself this year that maybe Christmas has turned into Christress. When I start talking about the season with people I am met with comments like “The silly season is so crazy and hectic!” or “I don’t even want to think about it, it starts to stress me out!”

Where has that excitement and anticipation gone from when we were kids?

I’ll tell you where it’s gone.  It’s been buried with what we think we “have” to do with what actually matters.

So lets take this back and find your cheer.

Number 1. Get adjusted.  If you are in a stress response, your adjustment will help shift that response, release tension and reduce that “fight/flight” response on a cellular level.  You will feel/think and be better for it.  Game Changer.

Number 2. Make a list.  It works for Santa, it’ll work for you.  On the list write down everything you think has to get done.  Then beside each point, write down a number on a scale between 1 and 5.  Use One if it is an action that if it doesn’t get done, Christmas doesn’t happen.  Use 5 if it is an action that you would like to get done but if it doesn’t happen Rudolf will still have a red nose.

Number 3.  Breathe.  Honestly this works.  Take 10 diaphragmatic breaths, consciously 3 times every day.  Do it after you finish each main meal (I’m sure you don’t forget those, so you won’t forget the breaths).  By diaphragmatic breaths I mean big breaths that you take in through your nose and out of your mouth that go all the way down to your belly.  This may sound silly but it totally shifts your stress response, your concentration and your brain functioning. I could go on but they tell me attention span these days is only approximately 0.3 seconds, so I will leave it there.  Just do it.

Number 4. Make some new traditions.  Because traditions are the things that create some of our best memories, not how many presents you receive or how perfect the Christmas ham was.  It’s about the people around you and the feelings/moments that you share.  Think quality over quantity.  Ask yourself; “Who is going to bring out the best in me this holiday season? How do I spend more time with them? Wwhat do I want to be doing with that time?”  Maybe that’s doing 12 days of thankfulness in a Christmas journal, or maybe it’s making an awesome Christmas playlist with your family/ friends and dancing the night away. For inspirations and ideas, check our instagram @chiropracticcentral or facebook Chiropractic Central for our 12 days of Christmas traditions.

Number 5. Live in the moment- You won’t  have this moment again and you choose to make the best of it, or the worst of it.  Don’t let the external situation knock your internal ship off course.  Keep rowing your boat.

How to Raise a Healthy Family in the Digital Age

Written by Jacky from In the Cove


How much time do you and your kids spend watching screens? The answer is probably too much time. A survey by the British Chiropractic Association found that 73 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 spent between one and six hours looking at a laptop, tablet or computer. The UK survey of 460 parents found that 40 per cent of children aged between 11 and 16 had back or neck pain and 15 per cent of parents said their child’s back pain was as a result of screen usage.

We all have so many screens in our life, mobile phones, iPads, laptops, desktop computers and television screens. In fact, your kids cannot escape using Ipads and Computers with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) now implemented in most schools. If you can’t beat them, then it is essential to learn how to use them properly.

Dr Sarah MacNeil is the principal chiropractor at Chiropractic Central. She focuses on families’ health and specifically is passionate about educating families on how growing up with more screen time on mobile phones, computers and iPads effects our bodies, posture and spine. This increased screen time is impacting spines at a much earlier age in their development and is leading to earlier postural changes and spinal decay in children. Dr. Sarah wants to be able to give easy strategies to families and children to counteract these effects.

Dr Sarah McNeill

Dr Sarah MacNeil has partnered with Dr Kristy Goodwin to present a Family Workshop called  “How to raise a healthy family in the digital age”

Dr. Kristy Goodwin has over 14 years of experience in teaching and research. Kristy has a gift for cutting through media-hype and myths about what young children really need to thrive in a digital age. She’s passionate about sharing the latest research and insights into how “digitalised childhoods” are changing the ways that young children learn, play and develop (without telling parents or educators that they need to ban the iPad, or disconnect the Internet).


This is a family workshop. While the parents are learning how to raise a healthy family in the digital age, the kids will be having fun “Rocking their robot”.

Parents will learn about:

  • How to combat tech tantrums;
  • How to counteract tech neck;
  • Play techniques for optimal neural and spinal development;
  • What is a digitalised childhood?
  • Social, emotional and learning implications; and
  • Strategies to combat and how to counteract these effects to raise healthy families in this era.


The kids will  have a great time:

  • Building their own robot costume;
  • They are going to be taught “dances” that keep their robot strong (Healthy spinal exercises for kids); and
  • Activities to educate about what they should be feeding their robots to keep them working at top level (healthy nutrition for kids).



Event Details

Date:  12th November 2016
Time:  10.00am – 12.30 pm
Where: Greenwich Community Centre
Cost: $25.00 per family
Bookings:  or through the office at 9418 9031 or email at
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