Fall is falling, the days are getting shorter. My “baby” is now 17 years old and has started his senior year of high school. Quiet Summer is in my rear view mirror and a busy Fall is now in full swing.
Nowadays, “busy” easily spills over into “stress”.
Our adrenal glands keep us going under stress, and they can get tired. There are entire books written about adrenal fatigue, so here I will focus on cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone.
As we get ready to wind up summer and send our kids back to school, I am here to remind you to take care of yourself as well.
Maybe when I say that, you say to yourself, “Yes, I know, I will take care of myself.”
However, what I observe all too often is that people (women, in particular) are self-conscious or even self-critical about taking time for themselves. Many of us have a little voice (mine seems to be in my ear – maybe yours sits on your shoulder) that expresses disapproval if I say “no” to an invitation, or if I leave work on time to get to an aerobics class at the gym.
My friend Sue is making wonderful plans for her summer break from her job as a special needs teacher for our public school district. I’m jealous.
OK, even though I don’t get several weeks off every summer, it does take pressure off my schedule that my son is out of school (it helps even more that he is away at camp for 6 weeks in Pennsylvania). Just that extra half hour of sleep in the morning makes such a difference.
In my patients working on weight loss, I see the difference enough sleep makes.
Dr. Liz Lyster is interviewed by Kimi Avary, Relationship Navigation Specialist. Dr. Liz is passionate about helping women feel like their best selves, so they can bring health and happiness to the world.