Not all stress is bad. Stress gives us a stimulus for adaptation and growth. Without it, life would be dull and boring.
However, exposure to stress beyond the capacity of the body to adapt is problematic. We must give the body what it needs to auto-regulate and regenerate from the stress in our lives.
Here are a few things that can be implemented to allow the body to effectively rebound from the stress of the season.
1. Drink right to feel right. Be sure to drink proper amounts of clean water. For most people, between two and three liters per day will suffice. Nothing substitutes for water.
2. Eat right to feel right. Blood sugar levels must be regulated tightly to break the stress/inflammatory cycle and allow for optimal hormonal balance. Be sure to eat real food regularly throughout the day. For most, this means avoiding going longer than four hours without eating a balanced meal.
3. Move right to feel right. Participate in some form of movement every day for at least 20-30 minutes.
4. Sleep right to feel right. You must rest properly to regenerate. The body is designed to follow the sun. Try to be asleep by 10:30 p.m. and avoid waking before 6 a.m. if possible.
Stress can be your friend if you give the body what it needs to sufficiently adapt.