Why do lizards sunbathe? Why do jackrabbits have huge ears? Why do dogs pant when they’re hot? Why do we love and loathe sunshine, cold water, windy days, rainy stormy weather? We regulate our body temperature by thermoregulatory strategies that are arguably physical as well as mental.
I remember Easter weekends as a kid when we’d have a late southerly and boom, it was winter. Well winter for Australia anyway. We’d have our fire laid ready cos love getting our cosy on (& my boys are both pyros).
Having just had an incredible endless summer- leaving California at the end of summer (& then their Indian summer) then coming to Australia at the end of spring and getting the full brunt of summer just gone, this lovely sunny Easter weekend isn’t unwelcome. It’s still lovely basking in sunshine Thankyou!
But something in me knows I can’t always seek sunshine. We’ve gotta open ourselves to every weather and find stability in navigating conditions.
Thermoregulation is the ability of our body to keep its temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different. It’s so important to our metabolism and our energy perception as much as creation.
– We can alter metabolic heat production to maintain body temperature using both shivering and non-shivering.
– by shrinking and expanding our blood vessels to the skin, we can alter our exchange of heat with the environment.
– our body can arrange blood vessels in which heat flows from warmer to cooler blood, to reduce heat loss.
– and of course we sweat and pant during exercise all in the name of body temperature regulation.
I love to challenge mine. Infra red saunas, polar plunges, swimming in the ocean (no matter the temp outside). I used to be such a coldy cat always. And then I had my brain tumor operation. Now I know it’s importance.
Our body’s (& your mind’s) thermoregulatory strategies can bring us a sense of confidence. Things come and go and change. And so can we!
And there’s stability in awareness.