By Dr. TERI JAKLIN
Winter was kinda harsh – OK not as harsh as past winters but that doesn’t mean we were looking forward to summer any less! When you’re outside or out and about enjoying the weather, remember the following tips to make sure you get the most out of the season:
Relaxing is actually good for you and it’s important for your wellbeing. Unplug, relax and make time for it.
Being outside can dehydrate you quickly, especially the hotter and more humid the weather. Drink at least 8 glasses a day. Try a glass or 2 before your morning coffee, then spread the rest throughout the day.
For a different way to enjoy water, make infused waters. Try slices of lemon or lime, cucumber, mint. Try a homemade electrolyte recipe: 1L water, splash of lime or lemon juice, 1-3 tsp honey, pinch of salt, pinch of baking soda (baking soda is optional)
Visit a local farmer’s market to stock up on locally grown fruit and veggies for your summer snacking and barbecuing.
Check last week’s post about the importance of getting outside. It really does improve your mood!.
Get active, find a friend with a pool or take advantage of the YMCA’s indoor pool.
When your outside, stick to the trails that exist to avoid potentially harmful plants like poison ivy or poison oak. If you want to become more familiar with the good (and not so good) plants out there, keep a watch for our Plant to Medicine events..
Pick some events, invite some friends and get out to a festival or music event. Prefer to stay home? Invite people over for a bbq. The benefits of socializing with others are real!.
Keep your exposure to the sun in check. Vitamin D is good, but too much sun exposure can cause severe burns and heat stroke. Wear breathable long sleeves or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher or enjoy time outdoors before 10am and after 4pm (although it’s already 5pm and it’s still scorching outside as I write this!).