A moment to reflect…
I can’t say enough good things about summer. Long days. Endless sunsets. Starry meteor showered nights. Old friends. Family reunions. Peaches for miles…huckleberry milkshakes. Lakeside shenanigans. Floatillas! It’s hard not to wish that summer could last forever…
But there also comes a moment, reluctant as I am to admit it, when the indulgences and lazy daisy-ness of summer gives way to a whisper of wanting for the steady rhythm of scheduled fall days, the consistency of home cooked healthy meals, and the cooling down, getting back to work, quietly turning inward of September.
It’s hard not to feel bluesy thinking my next backpacking trip could be as much as 11 months away. And I could choose to feel very melancholy about the loss of a viable excuse to eat s’mores, or ice cream, or to stay up way too late and sleep in way past sunrise…
But something inside is actually craving all those regularities. And despite my tendency to resist change and strain against the turning of seasons, to struggle to prevent the inevitable, today I’ve decided to let go and allow fall to fall.
The Blessing of Seasons
Even though I live where seasons are harder to distinguish, September brings an inescapable return that can be supremely beneficial to our health. Although vacation can be therapeutic, it can also be exhausting, overindulgent, and painfully gluttonous. September brings a solid and time-tested turn towards the routine, and therefore an annually new opportunity to choose to create new and healthier habits.
Here’s a few things you can try to work into your renewed routine as summer comes to a close, and if you are needing some extra support to reboot, restore, replenish after a season of more of extreme recreation and/or stress, I’m offering a free webinar tonight at 6pm on how to get your energy back in preparation for our upcoming Adrenal Restore program.
1. Make a healthy, protein focused breakfast a priority. This sets you up for a healthy blood sugar balance, and a solid nutritional foundation for the entire day. Skipping breakfast in order to remedy the excesses of summer fun is NOT a good idea.
2. Get to bed early. I empathize with the reluctance to return to earlier nights, and the need to catch up after time away, but getting a solid night’s sleep is better than most anything I have in my medicine bag for replenishing exhausted adrenals.
3. Drink extra water. Start your day with 24-32 oz of purified water with a pinch of sea salt and a few drops of one of doTERRA’s citrus oils, and your system will rebound with gratitude. Message me if you don’t have oils!
4. Plan a mini-vacation. Don’t wait until next summer to plan time for self care. It’s usually when we wait way too long that we are prone to excess. Taking small moments along the way, even if it’s just a half day or a three day weekend, can make a huge difference in how you feel at the end of the month.
Take a moment to reflect on how you’d like to see this next season roll out, and what is on your master list of things to accomplish that you can still accomplish before winter arrives.
And if health is on your list of things to address now that fall is finally here, please register for tonight’s free webinar:
Wishing you a gentle transition…
With love from the apple that most likely won’t fall too far from the tree.