Top Tips To Survive The NZ Summer Months
The New Zealand summer can become a very chaotic time of the year for most of us. First having to navigate the delicate task of Xmas, then organising the family or friends for camping. Not to mention school holidays. Sometimes it feels like we need a holiday after our holiday just to recuperate.
Summer doesn’t need to take a massive toll on our mind and bodies though, if we are able to give our body some extra support.
Apart from using checklists, delegating and taking some alone time to “go to the shops”, it can be beneficial to use some additional nutritional as well as emotional support.
Ensure you take time out for yourself. It can be very easy to cater to everyone’s needs during the holiday period, but this is also your holiday. Whether your relaxation is going for a swim, having some time out with friends (minus the family), or just reading a book, set time out to have that “you” time and decompress.
Water is your friend. Summer can be a decadent time when we indulge in things we wouldn’t normally do. Water helps to keep our body hydrated, but it also plays a part in flushing out the byproducts of those delicious chocolates or that third cocktail. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water to keep your body functioning to its best. Adding extra electrolytes may help to keep you on top of your game.
When food and drinks are plentiful, we can often feel more lethargic, but this is the perfect time to make the most of the longer and warmer mornings and evenings and go for a stroll. Walking alone gets the blood flowing and the heart rate up, which is beneficial for our well-being. Even though we may not feel like it, a nice stroll on the beach after a summer BBQ will help to recharge us and get us ready for tomorrows adventures.
Sleep deprivation can have a significant impact during the summer months, not only because of an over-active brain, thinking about who will sit next to who at Xmas dinner, or how much food is needed to take away camping, but also the hotter temperature, and not sticking to our normal balanced diets. Using products like Sweet or Tart Cherry Juice, Chamomile, Magnesium and Theanine, can help to relax our minds and body to be able to super charge into tomorrow.
Ashwagandha has become more and more known as a household name recently and for good reason. Ashwagandha, also known as Withania, acts as an adaptogen in our body, helping to support us whether we are feeling hyper or hypo. It helps to bring our bodies back to a normalised state, which can be useful when we are feeling overwhelmed or on edge.
Magnesium has been popular due to its great muscular benefits, but it can also help us to feel relaxed and calm. A Magnesium powder is great during the busy periods as it can be used in our water bottles and sipped throughout the day to help keep this essential mineral topped up. Magnesium is very easily depleted in our body and can be difficult to get back without supplementation. Times of extra stress, heat (sweating) and less than “healthy” diets can use up our stores, so it can be a great mineral to add to your daily routine.
Regardless of your plans for the holiday season, it can be a stressful and nerve inducing time, so supporting the body is beneficial.