Tips for Surviving the Summer

Tips for Surviving (and Enjoying) the Summer

My husband Kevin, and I are currently undertaking renovations at our new home. Because I am not a builder or qualified to do any trade-like jobs, I am given the menial tasks which, although not very involved, take A LOT of energy. Working in 30-degree plus temperatures has got me thinking “How on earth am I going to stay motivated?”

I don’t want to boost hubby’s ego too much, but I have a new appreciation of the hard work he does everyday. One thing for sure is I will keep bringing cold drinks and snacks at the end of everyday. All these guys and a few strong gals are making my dream home unfold. So in this heat, I wanted to send out some simple tips on how to stay energized through the dog days of summer.

Tips for Surviving (and Enjoying) the Summer

 

1. Stay hydrated

I’m not just talking about drinking water. When you are doing some serious labor or are outside for extended periods, your body needs more than just that. It needs a boost in its electrolytes. A trip to the drugstore will help you with that. Don’t just buy your crappy sugary drinks from the local shop. Invest in the good stuff. Mix it up with ice cubes and a few slices of your favourite citrus fruit, then imagine you are sitting on a desert island being fanned by George Clooney (you lost me there for a minute).

2. Don’t overdo it

If you’re not at a good level of fitness, going outside and hauling mountains of crap for hours on end is going to put you in a bad mood, and you aren’t going to feel when your body says “stop”. Know your limits and make sure you take appropriate breaks. Make a list of what you need to do and prioritise it. Same goes if you are just outside socialising, don’t expose yourself to the sun for too long and refer to point 1.

3. Add some fun to it

Spend time over the summer with friends who like to do the same thing as you. It’s always good to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather, but you can also have a night in with a board game and a bottle of chilled wine or three (again refer to point 1).

4. Just add music

A good playlist can change the mood of any event. Throw on one of your favourite albums depending on what you want your mood to be. If you aren’t technologically-challenged like I am, Spotify and Pandora have great playlists; you just need to pick your artists/genre.

4. Wear the appropriate attire

Summer is all about avoiding clothing wherever possible. Run (or brisk-walk) for the hills if you get invited to a formal occasion! I have seen people who are working outside for extended periods wearing neck ties. I originally thought they were dressing up for the occasion, but later found out the ties contain a frozen gel to keep them cool. A simple Google search will help you find one. Dress light and don’t be afraid of showing a bit of leg (even if it means you have to shave, ladies!). A good water fight also cools you down and gets you laughing, especially if someone is not expecting it. Although I have to be careful my hubby isn’t near any electrical equipment when I next surprise him.

5. Limit your liquor

I’ve lost you now, haven’t I? Shock, horror… but drinking a lot on a hot day is going to wear you out like nothing else. If there is no option other than a big tipple, then choose alcohol that has refreshing mixers, refer to point 1 and enjoy!

Realistically, the tips to enjoy your summer all pretty much involve logistics; you do things that make your life easier, you are bound to start feeling good.
And my final point for everyone this summer: Wear a hat and some sunscreen.

What’s your favourite thing to do during the summer months? Reply and let me know.

Linda Edgecombe
Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame