Summer is upon us! What's that mean for your self-care?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2013-06-27 16:06:25 -0500
Started 2013-06-06 09:42:54 -0500

Hi!

Summer is here!

And that can mean a lot of things. What’s it mean to you?

On one hand, summer can mean getting out in the sun, taking time off from work, having fun with friends and family. Getting some rest and relaxation. Vacation!

Summer can also be challenging. Like if don’t have any time off from work. Or if you have downtime, but no one to enjoy it with. And then the money thing.

While summer can be a time of fun, that can mean additional pressure you place on yourself, or that pressure from others. Higher expectations to get out there and enjoy yourself when you may not be feeling it. Feeling more connected with people, or feeling more isolated.

We don’t all react the same to heat and sunshine. Some people are energized by the hot weather. Others find it draining.

Self-care routines may need to be modified to accommodate the demands of summer, including knowing when to say “enough” or even “no.”

Good memories. Not so good memories. New memories to create?

So what’s summer looking like for you? Looking forward to getting TO it? Or getting THROUGH it?

What are you doing to take the best possible care of yourself? Your physical health? Your emotional health?

Any plans to share? Need some support?

I’m looking forward to connecting with you!


27 replies

jimLE
jimLE 2013-06-27 16:06:25 -0500 Report

im one who prefers summer over the other seasons.even thoe i'll take the needed precautions..chances are.you'll find me out side in the heat of day.be it mowing the yard,sitting out in my sitting area.or what ever.i dearly love the outdoors..and i'm planing a camping trip to tenn in the last part of july.and it'll last around one week..that'll be my first actual vacation since i dont know when..

Gwen214
Gwen214 2013-06-13 18:44:19 -0500 Report

I'm not ready for the summer. I'm already taking a beating from this Texas heat. I'm drained walking from the building to my car. It does get cooler around 7pm. I just hope it stays that way throughout the summer. Thank God for air conditioning! :) as for activities, I'm praying to get more involved with volunteer work, events, and church.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2013-06-11 23:38:18 -0500 Report

Working three PT jobs instead of the normal six 8::( ? One is entirely outside, rather than inside as all the rest are throughout the year.

Does that count as "fun" per se -tiny brief smile-? (sic. Cutting back on sheer "exhaustion" ?!?!?)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-12 14:41:56 -0500 Report

Hey Stuart,

Nice to hear from you. Sounds like you won't be quite as crazy busy if you have cut your number of jobs in half. That sounds like progress toward a more restful summer. And hopefully, fun. Sounds like you work like I do!

Gary

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2013-06-12 19:09:42 -0500 Report

I wish it was by choice. Money is necessary, ergo jobs, no matter how unpleasant, difficult, challenging are very needed, if unwanted on most levels.

I need a better union -stifled chuckle-

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:33:59 -0500 Report

For me, in addition to my home business, I volunteered at my daughter's elementary school all these years, so it kept me even busier and so summer has always been slower when school is out due to that and I welcome that!! I also have a very PT office job and in summer the hours are decreased and flexible so I love that too. I love the beach, so I love that about Summer, I love the ocean and getting in a pool and swimming and I love most of all that my daughter is out of school (I also have a grown son) we get to spend more time together, so that is the very best part!! second to that, is connecting and spending more time with other family and friends. I do not like to vacation in the summer and go away for a week anywhere because of the heat. But when you have a child in school, you are so limited to when you can go other times of the year, so we try to go on spring break. So for us, summer is not our vacation time, but we do like to take day trips and mini getaway or two and not do all the hot outdoor things unless it is very late in the day

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-10 12:09:37 -0500 Report

Tabby I love the water. I could not live in a land locked state that only offers lakes and rivers. I am about 2.5 hours from the Atlantic Ocean and 45 mins from the Chesapeake Bay. My parents are from Annapolis so we spent a lot of time there during the summer. Across the road from my grandmothers house is a State Park and Sandy Point Beach is roughly a 3 quarters of a mile walking. We were on that beach nearly everyday. I am not a fan of pools so I rarely get in them.

Summer is a good time to just relax and enjoy the weather at times. Day trips are great if you are visiting an amusement park, the zoo or a picnic in the park.

When my sister and girlfriend worked at a university we always vacationed during spring break. We then started going on cruises and always left the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

I won't even start the grill until later in the afternoon too hot to be standing over a grill. Although I remember days when the heat didn't really bother me.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-10 09:23:03 -0500 Report

Hi tabby,

Nice to see you! You have a pretty busy life, so it must be good to get a litlte downtime during the summer. And what a great way to spend that downtime, with your daughter.

I am also not a summer vacation person. The heat, the humidity, and the crowds are not a whole lof of fun for me. But those breaks here and there, like day trips, and spending time with family, help make summer feel like a real summer.

Thanks for checking in,

Gary

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-10 09:22:58 -0500 Report

Hi tabby,

Nice to see you! You have a pretty busy life, so it must be good to get a litlte downtime during the summer. And what a great way to spend that downtime, with your daughter.

I am also not a summer vacation person. The heat, the humidity, and the crowds are not a whole lof of fun for me. But those breaks here and there, like day trips, and spending time with family, help make summer feel like a real summer.

Thanks for checking in,

Gary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-07 19:29:04 -0500 Report

I have officially cancelled summer until Sunday August 18.
Since I was diagnosed, summer has almost become a burden. I always leave the house with water. At times I think I need a water bottle attached to my back. The sun isn't the problem, it is the heat and humidity. I stay hydrated as much as possible and I keep popcycles in my freezer for a quick pick me up if I am doing something in the yard (which isn't much). I also eat lighter meals because the heat and humidity drains me. This is why I never vacation in the summer.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:29:17 -0500 Report

I don't like summer as much Joyce because of that, that is my problem. where I live in the South, lots of heat and humidity and when I was younger it did not bother me so much, not sure if it is diabetes or a combo of that and age, but well into my 30s is when it began to really affect me so much more. I love the beach, don't live far from one, but try to go after 4 p.m. and I burn easily high risk for skin cancers, had pre skin cancers several of them, taken off starting in my "early 30s" so I am very careful with the sun too. I always have my water. sometimes just getting in and out of the car quite a few times in the hottest hours of the day drains me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-08 20:58:00 -0500 Report

I don't mind the sun, I can't stand the heat and humidity. I have only been sunburned twice in my entire life and never worry about skin cancer. I am now noticing that I have allergies that I didn't have before. I think I am falling apart.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2013-06-08 10:35:50 -0500 Report

we don't get any relief from the heat until October here. we might have a few days or parts of days in late Sept but we have many hot days and some cooler days in Oct. some years, we don't get regular relief daily until Nov.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-07 19:48:16 -0500 Report

Hey Joyce,

Thanks for checking here. I know what you mean about summer. To be honest, it wears hard on me, too. The heat and humidity really drain me. I am a Michigan boy and I have never gotten used to the humidity we have on the East coast. I also don't like traveling during the summer, just too crazy.

So I hope you can stay cool, my friend!

Gary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-07 20:09:52 -0500 Report

I will try but we have prayer walks, The Day of Hope and National Night Out all coming up. Our Community Garden is getting a $30,000.00 make over all courtesy of a donation from Wells Fargo Bank. That make over started today. Even with a rain coat, I was soaked to my skin, muddy and cold. When finished we will have a section with picnic tables, a walking path, beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers. They even redid the parking lot, installed a new sign and are giving us a shed complete with tools. The other section is the fruit and veggie garden and all plots not taken by gardeners will be planted with all kinds of fruits and veggies. These plots of veggies will be given to the senior citizens in the community. Work will resume tomorrow even in the rain.

I have lived in the Mid Atlantic states all my life and the heat would not be so bad if humidity was not added to it.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-10 09:09:55 -0500 Report

Hi Joyce,

Sounds like you have a lot of incentive to get out in the heat and humidity. I have you say you are totally dedicated if you went out in all of that nasty weather. What a great cause you are working for. I hope you are taking good care of yourself.

I know what you mean about that mid Atlantic state humidity. I lived in the DC/Northern Virginia area for a few years. The humidy is really something.

I hope your week is off to a good start.

Gary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-10 12:12:31 -0500 Report

Dr Gary I have not been taking good care of myself. I have been trying to work out a problem that has caused me to not eat properly and lose sleep. I think things are back on track now so today is my get back on track day.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-10 09:09:49 -0500 Report

Hi Joyce,

Sounds like you have a lot of incentive to get out in the heat and humidity. I have you say you are totally dedicated if you went out in all of that nasty weather. What a great cause you are working for. I hope you are taking good care of yourself.

I know what you mean about that mid Atlantic state humidity. I lived in the DC/Northern Virginia area for a few years. The humidy is really something.

I hope your week is off to a good start.

Gary

Maintanenceman1
Maintanenceman1 2013-06-07 18:34:12 -0500 Report

Summer means a lot of extra water to stay hydrated, some extra testing when I've been outside working a lot with my work, Of plenty of water all the way around. We have family camping trip planned for first part next week. Extra water also means extra trips to restroom, because of my OAB

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-07 19:44:29 -0500 Report

Hey Maintenanceman,

Nice to meet you. And thanks for checking in. Really critical to stay hydrated, even with that drink-water-run-to-the-bathroom cycle. Take good care of yourself!

Gary

Smokebaby
Smokebaby 2013-06-07 12:58:31 -0500 Report

I usually spend my time from spring till fall outdoors… That will all change (has already) do to t2d. It's the meds that make me extra sensitive to the sun . So I will still be out there in the garden but only after I can be in the shade. And out to the lake with an umbrella to shade me as we'll . I found too much heat drains me no matter the amount of water I drink so I limit my time and that makes my days out even more special.

bbchen68
bbchen68 2013-06-08 00:25:59 -0500 Report

I have found that I am super sensitive to the sun too, and can get scary lows if I have been too hot. We live in Alaska, so it isn't usually a problem but in the summer we travel, and it gets HOT. Stay cool!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-07 14:38:25 -0500 Report

HI Smokebaby,

Thanks for checking in. Now that's taking good care of yourself. The sun is not always your friend. Definitely needs to be enjoyed in moderation. Same for me.

Gary

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-07 02:31:29 -0500 Report

Summer to me is bee season. I get out in the fresh air more. Increase my bending, stretching, and flexing exercises. Get my mental focus exercising more.
At least this year I did manage to try and do the bending, flexing, and stretching during the no bee part of the year, so am less stiff and sore after the first few days of bee chasing.
Summer could be a little emotionally stressful. If I concentrate on what I no longer have, my garden. But I can go and enjoy other peoples gardens and laugh when I don't have to worry about the weeds. We have found several nearby public flower gardens. Also a few community vegetable gardens that we can wander through and visit with the gardeners while we photograph the bees. Plus meet a few homeowners when they found us hanging around their front yard flower beds. Maybe this year I will actually make it to the Denver Botanic Gardens, it's only a few miles away.
Hearing my sisters and their children discuss vacation plans can get me down a bit. Finances are still very tight. But we live just a short distance from a creek, a wetland preserve, a ranch, and there are many walking trails nearby, and most importantly both hubby and I still have the ability to walk. So, we can take daily vacations that are well within our budget.
Usually we enjoy the early morning, when the air is still a little cool. So, even though we live across the street from where I work, it might take us a few hours to get to the apartment. Then later in the evening, when it is a little cooler again, we can get more exercise and sunshine. Since I work nights, I usually avoid the heat of the day.
Tuesday Night at Mom's in the summer means a walk along the Canal when her great grandsons are there, or kicking a soccer ball around (ok I might wander off with my camera, but last year I actually did kick the ball a few times for the first time since getting through the year of surgeries) The Cake Lady has a test run picnic at a nearby park planned for next Tuesday and future plans for one with said great grandsons if its not too crowded.
Last year we found another perfect place to watch the 4th of July fireworks. If there isn't a fire ban this year, we should see a dozen municipal displays. Last year there were only 3 - 4.
We should be able to get to 3 local farmers markets each week. I saw signs for one this week. Am looking forward to some real tomatoes. Our little balcony garden didn't fare too well last summer. The squirrels seemed to think it was a feeding station. They just didn't seem to listen when hubby tried to explain it wasn't. I'm just glad the raccoons didn't join them, they would have figured out how to open the screen door and then party in the pantry. They would more than likely invite the coyotes in, as well.
Yeah, we just might as well go to the farmer's markets.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-07 14:35:24 -0500 Report

Hey Graylin Beek,

It is always such a pleasure to read your posts. This one was so visual. It brought up all kinds of beautiful images of summer. I wish I could join you on one of those walks along the canal.

One thing you can say about summer in most places is that there are usually lots of low cost and free things going on. If you look around you can find things to do that don't cost too much. That's fine for me. I don't really enjoy traveling in the summer, so if I can have some fun around home, that's fine with me.

I am also a big farmer's market fan.

Sounds like a great summer ahead of you. Thanks for let us in on your secrets!

Gary