Preparing for the End of Summer
Tuesday, August 2, 2019
Written by: Cora Tomowich
Hello all and welcome back to the Lumira blog-o-sphere…
What a lovely summer it has been! Filled with sunshine, warmth, and plenty of time to kick back and relax with loved ones. Many of us also use this time to re-balance our bodies and practice various forms of self-care.
As summer gradually comes to an end, we find ourselves facing another September and another school year. All too often, during this time of transition, we lose our “summer selves” and revert back to the hustle and bustle.
Whether you or your children are returning to school, or you are excepting a busy autumn season in general, it is paramount to remember that your health comes first.
So today, I would like to offer a few tips in maintaining your “summer self” all throughout the coming months… read on!
1. Maintain a Balanced Routine
Our minds and bodies love routine. We need to establish and maintain a healthy balance of rest and wakefulness in order to promote a healthy Circadian Rhythm. The Circadian Rhythm is your body’s internal clock, which governs our basic functions like sleep, appetite, stress response, and bowel/bladder functioning. With a routine that balances rest with wakefulness, you will strengthen your Circadian Rhythm so that your mind and body systems may function most optimally. So get yourself into a good rhythm and maintain your groove!
2. Eat Well
When things get busy, many of us tend to eat more junk food while rushing our meal times. Thanks to all of those extra-curricular activities, we don’t always have an opportunity to sit down and digest. Well this needs to stop! Food can be the best medicine if you use it correctly. So, be sure to drink plenty of still water and eat a well-balanced diet, high in daily fruits and vegetables. Additionally, remember your Circadian Rhythm and maintain consistent meal times. This will promote a healthy appetite and body metabolism. Consult with a Nutritionist if you have specific dietary questions!
3. Sleep Well
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep! During the summer months, many of us tend to stay-up late and sleep-in even later; but this isn’t a good habit to practice. To optimize sleep efficiency and hygiene, it is best to have a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. This habit will improve Circadian Rhythm functioning and all the body processes it governs. You will find yourself less likely to hit that “three o’clock wall” when you give yourself a good night’s sleep.
4. Schedule “Me Time”
For many of us, the school year can be a very busy time. We often jam our schedules with extra-curricular activities and forget to make time for ourselves. Well this stops now! You must always make time for yourself if you hope to survive the hustle and bustle! Now, I am not suggesting that you shirk your responsibilities, this would only make a mess. Instead, prioritize your responsibilities and get comfortable saying the word “no”, when your to-do list is at capacity. Be sure to carve out a few minutes of every day that is dedicated to your beautiful Self. We all deserve a little “me time”; it is vital to our health and well-being just like the air we breathe!
5. Have Fun!
I can’t even count how many times I have asked patients: “what do you do for fun?”, only to be met with a shrug or blank stare. It does not matter how old you are or how many things you have to do in your day – forgetting to have fun is not okay! Just because summer has to come to an end, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on having fun. So plan a day with the family… Meet some friends after work… Or catch a late-night movie with your sweetheart. You may be an adult, but you can (and should) still have fun like a kid!
Alright, now go forth and enjoy the rest of your summer, while keeping these simple tips in mind. Bring your “summer self” into the school year and season ahead! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your personal health needs – we are always happy to help! Cheers 🙂