You may have read a few times already, but: summer’s coming! It’s now April, the spring has sprung and is winding its way into becoming the most glorious month of them all. It’s the time of year when we can push winter into the back of our minds as if it is nought but a terrible dream, full of icicles and wind-nipped fingers. It’s gone. Over. The sunshine is back.
If you could peek forward into the future at this point, you’d probably imagine a blissful scenario that shows summer off to its full potential. You’d think of long days that seem to stretch out before you filled with potential. You’d think of delightful summer activities, get fit classes you finally have time for, then relaxing and breathing fresh air while sipping on refreshing smoothies. You’d think of the heat of the sun on your skin, the breeze warm against your face, your clothes chosen for their look rather than how warm they can keep you.
No, it shouldn’t be done. It’s cruel to remind people of the bad side of summer when it’s still only early April. Let them dream for just a little bit longer…
… But then, how can they get themselves ready to challenge the difficulties that summer brings, if they’re too busy thinking of the good things?
Right. Let’s do this: there is a bad side to summer, even if your mind doesn’t want to admit it yet. However, there are solutions to these issues – and if you plan for them now, when summer does finally show its face, you have nothing to do but enjoy it.
- Heat Is Not Always Your Friend
Sunshine and warmth are a staple, but there’s also a time and place for them. A good time and place is sitting in a park with a book in your lap. A bad time and place is 4am, when you’re so hot there’s not a hope in hell you’re going to be able to get to sleep.
Temperature control is a vital part of feeling comfortable through the summer months. It’s time to bust out the fans or go a step further and look at air conditioning, either through the likes of the HVAC Hero Program or with a one-off purchase for your home. Also think about staying cool while out and about, with cool down sprays a good consideration or even a portable battery-powered fan.
If you’re not slathered in sun cream for every moment of summer, then it won’t be long before the slow torture we call sunburn goes ahead and ruins everything.
From this point through to September, if you have to step outside, do it while coated in a thick layer of SPF. If you’re fair-skinned, then try children’s sun creams – they tend to have the highest SPF you can find. It’s also worth learning about the mineral vs. chemical sunscreen debate and seeing what suits you.
Without school to entertain your kids for a portion of the day, you’re going to need to start coming up with ideas for activities as early as possible. You’ll probably need a big list, as half the things you suggest will be immediately rejected! Start with the basics like going for walks and then add in some bigger days out, such as theme or water park visits. Getting a start on your research now means you’re going to have an immediate answer to the cry of: “I’m bored, what should I do?” the first time you hear it!