“Then followed that beautiful season….Summer….Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We are in the dog days of summer for sure. By the way, have you ever wondered what “dog days” actually mean? According to National Geographic, it’s actually been around since ancient Greece. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred when the constellation Sirius appeared to rise before the sun in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest days of the year. There’s a really interesting article on the meaning and origin of the phrase, check it out!
Why Do We Call Them the “Dog Days of Summer”? By Becky Little, National Geographic.
So since it’s so hot and humid, I’ve been thinking about what’s the right thing for my health and wellness for the remainder of the season. What should I be doing to take care of myself in the sun and heat? Here’s what I’ve found! (Sources will be at the bottom.)
- Stay hydrated!!
Drink filtered water if possible. I have a Brita for right now. It’s not the best, but at least it’s something. (Ya gotta start somewhere 🙂 ) There are a lot of different types of filters out there and can get pretty pricey. Do your research, I know I will be. The most important thing is drinking water.
2. Enjoy the fresh foods of summer. Food is always better when you eat with the seasons.
What’s in season right now? Here’s just a few that are in season in Ohio.
- red apples
- bell peppers
Also go for the food that will hydrate you, such as cucumbers and celery.
3. Enjoy time outside. It’s summer time! Enjoy it while it’s here and take advantage of it. Thomas and I like to go for walks in the evenings when it’s a bit cooler. It’s good exercise and a good way to start winding down. We live pretty close to Franklin Park in Columbus so we go there. It has a beautiful conservatory there.
I will never get tired of seeing this building. This is the Palm House.
4. If you can’t go on a summer trip, try a staycation!
This move to Ohio was EXPENSIVE. So we’ve been using our staycation summer to explore our new city and rediscover Ohio. We’ve been going to different parks around us and it’s been so much fun! Maybe this could be your chance to rediscover where your living. Pretend your a tourist. This makes it really fun! I ordered a Columbus tourist magazine and found a lot of fun stuff to discover.
5. Take care of your skin and remember your sunscreen! The peak hours for the sun are between 10am and 4pm. Protect your skin and lather it on.
6. Eat your berries! They are in season and full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
7. Wear loose and light colored clothing to reflect the sun.
8. When it comes to meal time go for lighter meals. I always feel better when I do. I don’t feel so weighed down and gross. Dr. Frank Lipman suggests your meals go like this: breakfast smoothies, green salads and green drinks for lunch, then veggie rich dinners. Doesn’t that sound lovely and refreshing?
I know these tips can go on and on, but I wanted to just pick a few for me to focus on. This is about me getting healthy and living life the way I want. So I thought these few were good starters.