Did you go abroad this summer? Enjoy a staycation in the UK, grab a weekend break or take a few days off in your garden? Whatever you managed, time out this summer had a different feel to it than any other year. We certainly all needed a holiday, but what did that mean in reality? There was still tension about what we could and couldn’t do, or where we could go. And at the back of our minds, how long before something else disrupted our lives?
So if you’re still feeling a bit tired or unsettled, you’re not alone!
Holidays disrupt our routine
Resetting after any break can be disruptive. Our systems get confused by change. It’s also possible that even after a wonderful holiday we can feel tired – or even ill. We’re also still considering the next stage of our Covid-19 world: What will it be like in the office? How will the kids find school? On top of that, our bodies can sense the seasonal change from warm sun to autumn chill – ending what has been the worst summer weather for a decade.
Transition takes a toll
The transition from a summer mindset to being back full-on can have a big impact on our health. It can be helpful to think of it in the following ways:
The good news is that being fully aware of this can help us to plan ahead (just as you would do when you plan a nice break!). Check through the following sections which list some of the ‘cracks’ that this summer potentially caused. If you feel that any might apply to you, rectify them before they trip you up going forward. The best time for this is now.
Our Physical health: bones and muscles work differently
During the summer, our physical activity patterns changed. How we used each part of our bodies can have some detrimental effects:
Nutritional health factors: digestion and absorption of nutrients can change
Eating habits are seasonal. Summer food is not always healthy and entering autumn we tend to ‘stock up’ on calorie-dense food. How does your body feel right now? How do you need it to feel? Be aware of the following:
Mental health impact: summer is not guaranteed stress-free!
Summer was not free of tensions for many of us, and the change of season to shorter, cooler days can drag us down. Being open and honest about your current mental state now gives you time to plan to adjust to the new seasons:
Don’t forget, the things on these lists can affect anyone, but they can also send negative signals to our brains and affect our health and wellbeing.
Be nice to yourself – now.
Cool it! Stay calm, take control… and recover
Now is a good time to treat your body to an overhaul, helping you adjust to the change in season and the months ahead.
Treat your body like you’d plan a holiday
Just like we plan a good holiday (research, booking tickets, packing essentials) we should organise in advance what our body requires to face what’s ahead and be at its best.
It’s good to prepare the whole body, offloading any stress and dealing with the accumulation of tension or ‘niggles’. People are sensitive to change, whether it’s good or bad. Many people get sick when they arrive on holiday, often because the body is experiencing a change of rhythm. Even if it’s a good thing overall, our body feels ‘disrupted’.
As we enter autumn, our rhythms will change again. Different foods, the effects of light change, falling temperatures – and potential new changes of work circumstances. The body is sensitive to changes. Our aim is to make them as smooth as possible, helping you build a toolbox of coping mechanisms. So, if you have uncomfortable symptoms, feel that you’re not firing on all cylinders – or simply want to prepare for the change in season – come in soon to rediscover your balance.