Does this sound familiar? You can’t wait for summer to get here and before you know it you’ve overbooked yourself, you’re staying up late, and eating more junk food. Don’t worry, here’s your foolproof guide for getting back on track as school starts and fall approaches:
3 Ways to Recover from Summer
1.) Support those adrenals. Your adrenal glands are your little battery packs that sit atop your kidneys (ad + renal = top of kidney). You know your adrenals are needing some love when you experience things such as: trouble getting up in the morning, an afternoon dip in energy, craving salt, or low blood pressure. One of my favorite ways to support your adrenals is through routine. Once the kiddos are back at school and bedtimes are a little more regular, make sure you’re staying on top of your sleep as well. A 10:00 pm bedtime should be the goal and can help your adrenals to recover. Turns out the most restorative sleep you can get are the hours from 10:00pm- midnight.
2.) Let’s talk about diet. Ok so maybe you indulged in a couple extra ice creams and sugary drinks over the summer. With fall approaching, it’s a perfect time to slow down and start focusing on some healthier choices. One way to address the diet is to make sure you’re eating adequate protein at every meal. A goal for protein should be around 10-15 grams at each meal. Protein stabilizes blood sugar, balances mood and helps to support those adrenals which in turn will help with energy.
3.) Schedule time for yourself. With hectic morning schedules coming back, make sure to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a 5 min break from work or a walk around the block. Some alone time can help you to decompress and get back in touch with how you’re feeling. Your nervous system will thank you too. Don’t have time for a 5 minute walk around the block? Try some deep belly breathing while you’re in the car. Try to engage that parasympathetic nervous system whenever possible to help you relax.
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Author: Stephanie Hendershot, ND
This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.