Note to self: relax

Hello friends. Summer is off to a great start in my little section of the Northern Hemisphere! I love the laid back and carefree attitude that the warm weather brings along with it.

Last week, I attended a 2 day conference at Harvard Medical School titled, Diet and Microbiota  in Health and Disease. Topics such as the impact of food emulsifiers on the gut environment, gut microbes impact on circadian rhythm and in celiac disease, and more… were reviewed by top US researchers.harvard symposium

I plan on doing a recap of this event, Tuesday on my blog. Stay tuned!

This weekend, Russ and I headed up to Maine. The weather this weekend has been summer perfect.  We always start our day with a walk to the ocean with our chocolate lab, Lucy.  I love getting exercise first thing in the morning and being by the ocean puts me in instantaneous relaxation mode.  Finding time for relaxation is essential for good health.photo

What do you do to relax?

If you find you have created a life that is much too busy for down time, it might be time to re-group.  I remember when my 3 kids were small and my husband traveled often for work it was almost impossible to find 15 minutes to myself. But, I would grab moments when I could.  Life is hectic for many of us. Technology {cell phones, internet}, despite its goal to make our life easier, in many ways has just added another task on to our already crowded daily life. It is so important to take a break from our hectic lives and simply relax.

Being out in nature is one of the best ways to relax.  There is so much beauty around us.
DaisiesThese beauties are blooming on the path we walk to the beach.  Gotta love a daisy!flowersI love the sound of the waves crashing and breathing in the ocean air. Studies have shown that the rhythm and sound of the ocean waves can lower your blood pressure!  Try to include some of your favorite simple pleasures in life and add some time in nature to your weekend calendar!

For those interested, stop back on Tuesday for my recap on the Harvard Medical School’s recent diet and microbiota talk.

Relax, enjoy, breathe….and find time to do something you love.