Summer Guide (Chronic Illness Friendly)

It’s supposed to be the height of summer although you would never know it if you live in England (it’s been pretty grey and wet recently).  I decided to put together this short summer guide with a list of four things everyone should this summer do and it is completely chronic illness warrior friendly.

Stay Hydrated

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Staying hydrated is important for a number of reasons, not only does it do your insides good it really benefits your skin. I find adding lemon wedges to your water gives it a bit of flavour and is also rumoured to be very good for you as well. It is very easy to become dehydrated during the summer and I find this can easily cause headaches and exasperates other symptoms. So drink up.

Take a Walk or Get Outside

Doctors always stress the importance of exercise but I know first hand how difficult it can be if you suffer from chronic pain. During the good weather take the opportunity to get outside and take a gentle walk. Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise and best of all it is free. Even if you don’t manage to get outside, the majority of us that live in cooler climates are vitamin D deficient so take this opportunity to get some sun. For those who are photosensitive although the sun may be the enemy, some fresh air is always nice.

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Try Something New

It’s always good to push yourself to go outside your comfort zone. I don’t know if it’s just me but I always feel more positive when the sun is shining. Take advantage of the longer days and (generally) dryer/brighter weather to do something new. Whether it is visiting an exhibition or starting a new hobby, you have extra daylight hours make use of it! 

Take Photos and Make Memories

I’ve always been photo obsessed from as far back as I can remember. Taking photos is a great way to capture memories and nowadays just about everyone has a camera on their smartphone. Whether it is chilling in the garden or going out with your friends take a photo that you can look back in days, weeks and years to come.

Let me know your plans for this summer and until next time Stars!


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