Summer has arrived!
I have a love/hate relationship with summer. My bones appreciate the increase of temperatures, but not my nerves or muscles. Over the years my level of heat tolerance has decreased. However, I refuse to allow my body to keep me from enjoying this season with these few tips.
- Go to the beach early. By arriving early it is easier to find parking that is close to the beach and restrooms. I also avoid the afternoon crowds and the noise that comes with them. Arriving early allows me to relax and take in the sound and smell of the ocean.
- Plan to arrive at Disneyland before the parks open. Like going to the beach, an early arrival means access to better parking, less crowds, cooler temperatures, and the opportunity to do more than if I arrived later in the day.
- Icepacks. I always keep instant icepacks in my bag and pliable icepacks in my freezer at home. The instant icepacks are wonderful when I am away from home and feel like I am over heating. I use icepacks at home to lower my body temperature.
- Dress in layers. Summer means hot outdoor temperatures and freezing indoor temps. To avoid the shock of going from one extreme to the other, I dress in layers that will provide my body comfort in either temp zone.
- Always bring a pair of soft slippers or socks in my bag. This may sound silly when it is 105 degrees outside, but my feet are always thankful for them when I am spending time inside a public building that is frigid.
- Carry a personal mister. This is great for the beach or whenever I am going to be spending time outdoors and finding air conditioned relief is not an option.
- Drink lots of water!! People laugh at the amount of water I always bring with me when I leave the house, yet end up asking me for water when they ran out or failed to bring any.
- Listen to my body and know my limits. I have been chronically ill long enough to know my body’s warning signs when it has had enough of the heat. As soon as these signs begin to present themselves, I call it a day. I used to love swimming, but my nervous system can no longer handle the shock of the cool water. Instead of staying out of the pool completely, I spend my time floating on a raft. By doing this I am able to cool, off as some of my body is getting wet, and enjoy time with my family without suffering from additional unwanted nerve pain.
How will you be spending your summer? How will you be keeping cool? Do you live in southern California or are planning on being in the area this summer? Join me and others with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or special needs and our families for a day at the beach! See the event page for more information.
Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs and many reasons to smile!