Spreading yourself thin is an invitation for illness, as fatigue weakens immune response. Keep your body in fighting form with the following stay-strong strategies. Maintain a balance of whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables.
Unplug small appliances whenever you can. Computers, cell phone chargers, and other electronics often continue to use power — and radiate heat — even when turned off. To simplify, plug items into a power strip that you can use as a master switch.
The Summer Soltice signifies a rise in temperatures and usually energy costs. To conserve energy this summer set programmable thermostats to kick in half an hour before you return home (unless you have heat-sensitive indoor pets). Cranking the thermostat to penguin-worthy temperatures won’t cool the house faster, since AC works at full throttle until a set temperature is reached. With every degree you lower it, cooling costs increase by about 7 percent.
Arctic root, or rhodiola, can enhance endurance, reduce harmful effects of stress, and improve mood and memory. It may increase sexual energy as well. Buy products standardized to 3 percent rosavins and 1 percent salidroside, and follow dosage recommendations.