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Cooling Off and Slowing Down

Let’s be honest, it’s hot. I spent many summers of my childhood visiting family in Tucson. As a kid the heat didn’t seem to phase me; in fact, I have many fond memories romping around the desert getting into trouble with my cousins. Having planted my roots in Tucson just under a decade ago I’d like to think I’ve earned my desert stripes. But that doesn’t mean I’m resilient to the heat. Lately, I’ve found it difficult to keep up with my normal routine. This can be frustrating with a daunting schedule full of life obligations. Whether it’s work demands, nurturing relationships, household chores, fueling creativity, moving the body, expanding the mind or nourishing one’s self with food, the magnitude of this list can become rather taxing. Sometimes after a long day (or week) of over 110 degree heat, preparing a meal over a hot stove or fitting in a quick work-out sounds like the last thing my body wants. At the rate we’re going, our bodies are bound to get burnt out at some point, and they just might, if we let them. ...