June 3rd is National “Stay Out of the Sun Day”.
Everybody loves a sunny day, but in the height of summer it’s easy to get dehydrated, sunburnt and worse. Stay Out Of The Sun Day is about looking after yourself by taking a day away from the sun and finding some nice, relaxing shade – and if you are out and about, make sure you’ve got sun cream, plenty of water and some shade!
While we have all been longing for the warm weather that summer brings, there are some days where you just want to stay inside. On these days, you don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted your day though by lounging about on the couch or sleeping in too long. Here are some great activities to keep you busy, promote relaxation, and release the stress, all while staying indoors.
— Exercise in the early morning or at dusk to avoid extreme temperatures and maximum exposure to the sun. If this isn’t an option, make sure you are hydrated and lather up on your favorite sunscreen.
— Invite your friends and family over for an evening of cards and board games. Playing games with your peers is a great way to enjoy yourself while staying in the comfort of your own home.
— Make a list of chores that need to be done around your house, rather than a list of chores that need to be done in the yard. Work on them slowly, crossing them off as you go along.
— Take the day to relax. Find your ideal way to relax and take advantage of a lovely day inside.
— Make time to do your favorite indoor activity. These can include:
~ Try out a new recipe without being rushed
~ Visit a local museum
~ Go to a movie
~ Go on a nice drive into a scenic area near where you live (canyon, beach, etc.)
Just because you are making a pledge to stay inside doesn’t mean that you need to be bored or feel that your whole day got away from you.
Why should you give yourself a break from the sun?
Giving yourself a break from the sun is also very good for you. Sun does provide us with a great amount of natural Vitamin D, but if we aren’t protecting ourselves it can have some harmful side effects. Some of these side effects include sunburns, skin cancer, discoloration, and wrinkles.
If you do have to go outside, make sure to protect yourself by applying a high quality sunscreen. Also try to avoid being outside between 10am – 3pm. This is when the ultraviolet rays are the strongest. If you know you are going to be outside for a long period of time, get into lightweight clothing that can shield your skin from the sun, or even bring an umbrella. Also make sure to stay hydrated.