Letter From Publisher June 2020 Edition
After these past few months of quarantine, the world has gradually started to reopen, but even as we transition back into our routines and rhythms, we still need to be cautious and each do our part to ensure a safe community. With this in mind, the summer will likely be much different this year than it has been in the past. Annual trips and outdoor activities might not be as accessible, and we need to be creative in how we stay connected to friends or family members.
As we enter this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us might also feel restless and anxious to dive headfirst again into life as we once knew it. But even if that’s not feasible right now, this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings is full of inspired, enjoyable and unique ideas to make the most of summer—regardless of our circumstances.
With travel restrictions still in place, families must reimagine what vacation means this year, and our feature article has the perfect solution: “Transformative Staycations.” Not only is this an economical, convenient and responsible choice, it’s also healthier for the environment and a resourceful way to create memories with those you love most. Take this opportunity to explore and discover hidden gems close to home and embark on new adventures in your own backyard. Southwest Florida has no shortage of nature trails to hike, campsites to relax at, water to splash around in and other local excursions to delight in with fresh eyes.
Another theme we want to unpack in this issue is brain health since anxiety, stress, fear and uncertainty can weigh heavily on our mental resilience. The “Healing Ways” article for this month is all about how to increase circulation to the brain, so it can function optimally in the midst of tension. The brain has 400 miles of blood vessels that deliver essential oxygen and nutrition, while flushing out wastes. When this blood flow is maximized, the result is a clear and energized brain, but when it’s impaired, you might notice a sense of overall fogginess. However, there are natural ways to enhance this blood flow such as eating beets and chocolate, taking amino acid supplements, practicing aerobic stretches or yoga poses, meditating and chanting, or receiving acupuncture treatments, to name a few options.
Speaking of these natural solutions, we would be remiss not to discuss the healing and restorative power of balanced nutrition, so our “Conscious Eating” article delves into healthy “comfort foods” that satisfy the appetite and nourish the brain’s neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. While it can be tempting to reach for that carton of ice cream in the freezer—and there’s certainly a time and place to treat yourself—making wise food choices can also help you to moderate stress which is important for both the mind and body.
Well, friends: as usual, this is just a snapshot of all the inspiration you will find tucked within these pages. We invite you to share questions, comments or feedback you might have with us at [email protected], and cheers to the summer—no matter what it brings!