Fun in the Sun during summer time. It will be a time to put away the books, work and enjoy the good times. You have been waiting all year for this, and maybe have planned out activities to do with friends and family. Good for you, because everyone needs to release some steam during this time of the year. If you are still clueless about what to do come summer time, not to worry, as we tackle some of the things you should do for fun, as well as how you can stay safe and healthy at the same time.
Call up your friends
Yeah, you probably spend a whole lot of time with them during the non-holiday seasons, but just because it is summer don’t mean you have to get rid of them. Hang out with your friends. It helps if you can identify something to do together, such as an afternoon on the beach, the amusement park, the mall…anywhere. Stay out of trouble too. It is all too easy to get caught up in the moment and try out something illegal (such as drugs). However, if you keep your wits about you, then you don’t have to call your parents or partner to come bail you out of prison.
Keep it safe
Whatever activity you choose to indulge in this summer, keep it safe at all times. Whether it is swimming, skating, hiking, or sports, make sure that you protect yourself against injury. Trauma cases are more prevalent during the summer, as people tend to throw caution to the wind and go all out. Invest in the proper gear and clothing for whatever activity, and don’t ignore any injuries should they happen.
Beware the heat
With the summer comes the excessive heat, which can sometimes get a little too much, leading to heat exhaustion and heat strokes. The importance of staying hydrated at all times cannot be stressed enough. Have a water bottle with you at all times, and if you are going to be playing sports, switch to energy drinks. Keep an eye out for heat alerts that come through the weather forecast. Limit outdoor activities to a few hours at a time. If you feel the heat getting to you, choose a shaded spot and drink in some water. Try speeding up the cooling process by having wet towels and cloths with which to wipe your skin. Additionally, you can sit in front of a fan, or invest in the small portable types. Check on the kids; never leave them alone in the car. The same goes for pets.
Camping doesn’t necessarily have to be in the woods. You can make a campsite in your own backyard, the local park, or even down at the beach. The location is purely up to you. What matters is the company around you for it. Alternatively, you can have a barbeque set outside, or a picnic with loved ones. If you are going to set any of these arrangements out in public property, ensure you have the proper authorization to do so. Certain parks may require the presence of an adult, so make arrangements to have a chaperon if need be.
Find the water
This time it is not for drinking. You may be among the lucky few to live close to the beach, in which case going out for swims should be the norm. If you aren’t as lucky, find the nearest swimming pool or pond. In such hot times, even the garden hose will be very welcome. Invent water games amongst yourselves, and splash as much water as you can.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
In all the fun and games in the sun, we often forget to protect our body’s largest organ; the skin. Sun burn is very common during the summer, and in large doses can bring on some nasty effects, sometimes leading up to skin cancer. Wear a hat if you are going to spend more than half an hour outside, and bring sunglasses too. For sunscreen, go for creams that have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF, check the label) of 15 and above. Limit exposure to the sun for a few hours at a time. The same advice goes where there are kids involved.
On the same note, bugs are more prevalent during the hot summer evenings. Invest in insect repellent products to ward off those nasty bugs. The most common times for insect bites are early dawn and late dusk. Conditions brought on by such bugs include headaches, fever, nausea, and tiredness. If any of these symptoms occur, see a doctor.
Having fun at night
You don’t have to worry about going to school the next morning, and if you work, you probably have taken a few weeks off to relax. Thus, you are much more inclined to spend the night out, rather than be tucked in bed at your regular sleeping time.
Indulging in alcohol is fine, and requires to be done in moderation. If you can stay away from it, the better, since alcohol increases dehydration and impairs judgment. A big number of accidents have alcohol as a factor, so stay on top of things the whole time.
Other than that, taking in concerts and performances at the park or theatre should be on your list of things to do during the summer. Going to the movies makes sense, especially with Hollywood studios choosing to release their blockbuster titles around this time.
Conventional thinking is to go at summer at full throttle all through. However, it is easy to exhaust yourself even before you get halfway through the holiday. Schedule breaks in between activities, your body needs it. Play indoors if you have too, or find someplace that won’t expose you to the heat (such as the museum). Take in a game of basketball, or play indoor games with friends and family. You can always go back out the following.
The summer only comes once in a year, and with it the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Choose activities that are engaging and fun, and that will incorporate, friends, family, and partners. Remember to keep safe at all times, and stay hydrated to beat the heat. In whatever you do, keep common sense close to you, and ensure you plan in advance for the best results.