Is Your Body Overheating As Your Life Speeds Ahead?
Sometimes we look and act like our cars. We run at 60 to 70 mph for long stretches of time. But too much of this for too long, with no maintenance will eventually lead to overheating and breakdowns.
Does this sound familiar?
You are up early dishing up cereal, assembling backpacks and driving your child to daycare or school. Then you hit the freeway and start your day on the job, where you tackle immediate fires, make meetings and punch out everything that needs to be done. Watching the clock, and possibly trading off pickup duties with your spouse you head home. Next comes dinner and evening rituals. At this point your spouse may be helping with bath, reading and bedtime. Sometime later you finish kitchen cleanup, take a shower and link up with your spouse. The next morning it starts all over again.
Looking back over the day you probably gulped your breakfast on the way out the door. You may not have slept well the night before, and if things take too many rocky turns at work afternoons may feature chips and soda. Come evening, dinner may turn into takeout, leftovers or processed foods from the freezer unless you are incredibly lucky and have a spouse who cooks! No, most of this is not healthy but bills need to be paid, kids need to be cared for and the world keeps spinning.
Stop and try these healthy alternatives
Get up 15 minutes before everybody else and do a little deep breathing over tea or coffee. Then as you put breakfast in motion and wheel on ahead you might consider more deep breathing exercises in traffic, a short 15 minute walk outside at work between meetings, and a cup of hot tea and fruit in the afternoon, along with some stretching exercises.
In the market, stick closer to the produce aisle, and the fresh fish and lean meat choices. This of course becomes even trickier if your kids are with you. You might work toward larger weekend shops without the kids to fill the fridge with fruits and veggies and keep the supply of nuts, seeds and healthy crackers available.
At home, try for dinners that are as full of fresh foods and as relaxed as possible. Later when the day winds down, take 15 minutes and do something nice for yourself, whatever relaxes you most.
Then collect dividends!
In the process of reshaping life, however that shakes out for you, you may be sidestepping heart attack, cancer or other life changing diseases, managing your weight better and bringing that body temp back to normal.
As always, talk with your doctor if you have issues that do not seem to be going away. Your chiropractor might be able to help too, being on hand to iron out some of the body kinks and keep your stress valves turned down.