At the start of summer, it may seem like the long days of fun and relaxation will never end. Perhaps you traveled somewhere different, discovered some new hobbies with your kids or spent time at the beach with friends. But as the leaves begin to turn so comes the realization that life isn’t one big vacation.
For many of us, the days follow a relatively stressful routine. We cycle through our household chores, family related tasks, busy workdays and finish with an evening full of last-minute to-do list items. When the body and brain are placed under chronic demands, they respond with a “stress response” that is designed to help us function in high-gear for short periods of time.