Summertime for many people means a slower pace – or at least a different pace- from the rest of the year.
For most of us, summer is a sigh of relief. A time to breathe deeply, to return to our senses, to enjoy ourselves and our families.
Summer is a time to take stock. It’s a time to tune in and ask yourself some questions:
- How am I doing?
- Where do I need to slow down more?
- Where do I need to focus more?
- Am I spending enough time with my family and loved ones?
- Am I taking good care of my own needs/
- Where can I serve?
How do you slow down and take time to center yourself? Do you meditate? Listen to music? Go for walks? Do something rhythmic, like drumming or knitting or playing the piano?
Slow rhythm helps reset our nervous system and calms us. The part of the brain that deals with rhythm is in the oldest, most basic part of our brain. We can use rhythm, as in noticing our breathing, or in repetition of knitting, walking or other almost monotonous tasks, to help reset the nervous system.
Going back to basics is really important. When you are really, really thirsty, doesn’t good water taste absolutely wonderful? The water doesn’t have to bubbly, sugary, fermented, flavored…in fact, it’s better if its’ just plain good water. Quenching our thirst serves a basic need: It feeds our brain and the cells in our bodies.
Sleep is another basic not be over looked. It’s necessary for recovery, for brain integration, for our muscles to recover from the day’s labor. Sleep regenerates, replenishes us on many levels. It is a basic need; we can override the sleep mechanism with caffeine and adrenaline for awhile; but we are designed to take resting periods. And without listening to the deep needs of our bodies, eventually our outlook on the world is compromised.
Breathe deeply, sleep fully, drink lots of water, laugh a lot, enjoy spending time with people you love.
That’s my recipe for a great summer. What’s yours? What are your plans for resting and taking vacations (even 10-15 minute vacations)? How are you planning to recharge your system this summer.
I’d love to hear your ideas and ways you’re planning to have fun and relax this summer.
Here’s to a great summer for one and all,
Dr. Phyllis Books
Tips for Quenching our Thirst
After sporting events, instead of reaching for sugar-filled Gatorade, try one of these instead:
- Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon – This juice combination works wonders for replacement of electrolytes. The celery has a natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus. Apple provides additional potassium and natural sweetness. Lemon is the highest electrolyte containing citrus fruit.
- Stir Sea Salt + Baking Soda + Lemon Juice + Maple Syrup into 8 ounces of Water – This is a great natural remedy for serious endurance athletes –
- Shake Raw Coconut Water + Chia Seeds – Raw coconut water has a ton of electrolytes and potassium that will not only help you stay hydrated but also keep your body from getting any cramps. It is completely natural and very low in sugar. Combine with Chia seeds which are an incredible energy food – full of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber. These seeds have the ability to keep you from getting dehydrated because of they can hold 9 times their weight in water!