At least, that’s what our natural circadian rhythms support us with and hope we will do.
But it’s also the end of the year and the holidays, which can seem like it’s all socializing, getting things accomplished, and go-go-going. The opposite of what our rhythms expect.
It can be a conflicting time. A time where our body is telling us to slow down but our deadlines and social calendar tell us to keep moving.
It’s important to honor your body’s desire to slow down as often as you can this time of year.
Can you take something that’s not imperative off the calendar and reschedule it for the new year? Do you HAVE to go to all four social engagements this week or is there one you can cut out? Can you dip out of the get together a little early so you get to bed on-time, supporting healthy sleep?
Just some things to consider this season as it truly is meant to be the season of going inward, hibernation, and healing.
Think root vegetables, brassicas, soups, and comfort food. Foods that support digestion (warming) are important because, with the stress of the holidays, our digestion needs all the support it can get, which is also why this roundup includes a lot of posts about how to optimize digestion. There are also some posts about managing stress as this can be such a stressful time of year.