Standing in line on the busiest shopping day of the year can really test your patience, and back, and legs, and feet . . .
Here are a few things to try to make standing in line bearable:
- Keep your weight evenly balanced on both feet. Standing with all of your weight on one leg with your hip jutting out might look cool and seem like an energy saver, but it can really tweak your back, your hips, and your knees. Especially if you are carrying a heavy purse or already loaded down with bags.
- Bend and straighten your knees a bit to make sure that you are not locking your knees, which decreases circulation to your lower legs and grinds the knee joints — ouch!
- When you're frustrated that the sales clerk can’t seem to get the total right for the person way at the head of the line — breathe. Take a deep breath and let it go. Remember — oxygen is free.
- Put all your bags down and stretch out your back by rounding your lower spine. Remember: Pulling your abs in increases the stretch. You don’t have to make this a big, conspicuous motion. Just big enough to move the spine around a bit so it doesn’t get overtaxed. (Speaking of which — I wish I lived in a state with no sales tax on clothes. But that is another can of worms.)