As the heat and humidity begins to climb with the onset of summer, let’s take the time to marvel at the power of God’s creation. The changing of the seasons is one of the most visible signs of God’s work in the world. Our lives, our attitudes, our activities – all change along with the new season.
Our lives move outdoors. Nature comes alive in our gardens. Our light clothes reflect the warmth of the sun. Our relationships with neighbors are renewed as we emerge from the confines of our warm homes. Travel becomes more accessible and desirable as we plan vacations and trips to our favorite “get-a-ways”.
And as we move into summer, let’s always consider a few precautions that can help make the season more enjoyable. You know them well, but it’s always worth repeating.
- Limit your time in direct sunlight – (especially between 10 am – 4 pm) – Don’t stay out too long.
- Always use sunscreen when outdoors – keep sunscreen where it’s easily accessible and you’ll remember to use it.
- Look for ticks on your skin when working in the garden and walking on your lawn.
- Drink plenty of water – stay hydrated.
- Wear comfortable, supportive sneakers when taking long walks.
- Take frequent rest breaks when walking in the garden or around the house.
- Check the forecast before you go out – thunderstorms can pop up frequently.
- Know the potential side-effects of your prescriptions.
- Use air conditioning when indoors when the heat and humidity becomes extreme.
- Know the early warning signs of heat related illnesses:
flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea,
rapid pulse, dizziness and lack of sweating despite the heat.
If these are present – drink some water, put a cool ice pack on the back of your neck and get out of the sun right away.
So, when with an eye on your health and safety, get up, get out and enjoy the summer.
And know that we at VITALity are always here to answer your questions and offer personal guidance for your health concerns. See our website for all the services we offer.
God bless you and may you find peace and joy in your heart as you move into the beauty of summer.