Tis the season to decorate! In addition to all the delicious food, this is the time of year when most people pull boxes of holiday decorations out of storage, and spend some serious time giving their homes a festive holiday makeover.
While it’s true that the results of those efforts often look amazing, it’s also entirely possible to hurt yourself while you’re busy transforming your home into a holiday wonderland. Here are a few simple tips to help you avoid injury:
We’re listing this one first because while it’s obvious, it’s also something that’s easy to overlook. Pay close attention to your surroundings as you’re un-boxing all those holiday decorations. Be aware that when you’re carrying an armload of goodies, your vision may be obstructed, so move with care and deliberation.
In addition to simply watching where you’re stepping, be mindful of your posture and be sure to use good lifting habits. When picking up a box, always squat and let your legs do the lion’s share of the work, as opposed to bending and lifting with your back. Your spine will thank you!
Warm Up First!
While mindfulness and deliberation are important, don’t overlook the value of spending a few minutes warming up and stretching before you start doing any strenuous lifting. As with any form of exercise, spending a few minutes warming up is a great way to prepare your body for the exertions that lie ahead.
Make Smart Use of Technology
Here, we’re not talking about cutting-edge technology, but rather, some simple, old school tools you can deploy to minimize your risk. The two biggest and most obvious are a good back brace and a ladder. Don’t stretch any more than you have to, use your trusty ladder to extend your reach and rely on a back brace to give you extra support!
The bottom line is it’s easier to prevent an accident than it is to deal with the aftermath of one. If you take a few simple precautions as you go about decorating your home for the holidays, you’ll go a long way toward minimizing your risk of injury.