5 Ways to Make the Most of Summer When it Feels More Like March than July
written by Jess Mally
We’ve spent holidays here in the UK that are usually meant for BBQ’s with family, friends gathering for picnics in the park and Lido’s overflowing with sun-bathers and wanna-be swimmers. Not so much this year it seems as the weather continues to prove it can't be trusted.
Let’s be honest, for those of us living here, these past few weeks have been beyond confusing when it comes to the weather (and maybe other areas of public and private life, but let’s focus on the weather for now, ha!). One day you’re out in a cute summer dress, the next you’re wearing layers, hiding under roof tops from torrential rains, and even the next, wearing your winter coat which is kind of too warm but also the only thing in your wardrobe appropriate for the wind madness accompanying the floods from the sky.
Looking at the weather forecast for the coming weeks, it doesn’t look like it’ll get much better any time soon. So, in order to help us all make the most of ‘summer’ regardless of the mood swings the UK weather seems to have, we’ve come up with 5 things you can do maintain some of that summer energy.
‘Cause remember, the sun’s always shining, even if we can’t see it right now (or ever 😉)
1. Fill up on Vitamin D
Did you know that 1 in 5 Brits suffers from Vitamin D deficiency? And that’s only the reported numbers. Our theory is, that it’s probably way more than that. Seeing that exposure to plenty of sunlight is one of the main sources for Vitamin D which contributes to our over all wellbeing, a strong immune system, energy, bone health and muscle strength (among other things), we can see how UK weather might be a challenge in that respect. That’s one of the reasons we all feel so much better after a couple of weeks holiday in the sun. Now we know most of us have at least a month or two until we get to go on that trip and some of us might not get away until much later in the year. And to be honest, two weeks of sun probably won’t do it anyway, so here’s a couple of things we can all do to keep those Vitamin D levels up:
- Take a good Vitamin D supplement. Now we know that doesn’t sound like rocket science, and to be honest it isn’t! As long as you check up on your supplier, you can pretty much walk into any health or drugstore to get some good supplements. And trust us, they work! It’s worth the money and some of our team have felt the difference after taking them for only a couple of weeks
- Eat more mushrooms (and other foods rich in vitamin D) What we eat matters and there are actually a bunch of foods known to provide a good source of vitamin D – from certain fish to mushrooms, almond milk and soy yoghurts. Find more healthy foods HERE
So, what does one do on a rainy summers Saturday? Well, we love a good trip to the museum or theatre! If you’re anything like us, it’s so easy to forget the amazing things London (and most big cities in the UK) has to offer. From free exhibitions in your obvious choices like the TATE Modern, the V&A and the Barbican, to cute little private galleries, there is never a lack of ART in this amazing city of ours.
Not only will it give you something to do, but being exposed to and stimulated by art actually nourishes your soul in a way that can energize you much more than flicking through Netflix for hours (though there is of course a time and a place for a binge marathon of your favorite show! Did you know Season 2 of ‘She’s gotta have it’ is out? Anyway, we digress)
If you don’t know where to start, check out this brilliant guide to London’s top 10 art exhibitions – there is so much to see, come rain or shine 😊
3. Hang Out With your Friends
So often rainy weather causes us to want to stay indoors, curled up on our sofa, watching Netflix (can you see a pattern here…we’re working on it) Unfortunately that, more often than not, leads to isolation that is not good for those summer vibes we all crave. One of the things that makes summer so amazing is all the time spent outdoors with those we love most. What happens when we don’t do that, is that we find ourselves spending more time than is good for us on our own. Brenee Brown writes:
“We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.”
So, to keep up those healthy social connections, we’ve come up with a few things that might help you spice up your social life:
- Have an indoor picnic in your living room! Sounds crazy, but we’ve tried it and it’s FUN! Who needs the park – prosecco, strawberries and the rest taste just a nice in the comfort of your own home.
- Discover a new pub! We know you love your local (we love ours too!) but to keep the fun going, why not try out a different pub with your crew this weekend. There are so many great places with live music, pub quizzes and other fun entertainment in London and most of them are free! If you don’t know where to start, click HERE for some ideas.
- Lastly, throw a house party (yes we are going there)! Those of you who have watched Schitt’s Creek on Netflix may recall the episode where Patrick (one of our main protagonists) hosts a 90’s themed pyjama house party, with spin the bottle, twister and all the other fun things we did way back when. If you’re like us, you watched it and asked yourself…why did we ever stop?! Okay, fair enough, the theme might not be your top choice, but having people over for a good old-fashioned house party is always fun and never goes old. Why not start in the afternoon and see where things go??
4. Stay Active
Here we go again with the work out. Well, to be fair when summer is a real thing, we all tend to move more than we do in the winter. It feels more natural to walk to work from the tube than take the bus, to take a stroll by the river during your lunch break or play (amateur) volleyball with your friends in the park. Therefore, without even trying, we exercise more and therefore boost that serotonin production in our brain. Consequentially we feel happier!
Though it’s harder to keep it up during rain as well as shine, staying active will help us maintain those summer energies even when the weather doesn’t play ball. So, get your cute butt into gear! Whether it’s doing that extra yoga class on Saturday morning or going for a swim at your local indoor pool, adding a little bit of extra work outs will most certainly help you get over the blues and feel better about life whatever the weather!
5. Spice Up Your Wardrobe
Remember the coat comment? Well as we all know it’s a real thing! One minute you’re freezing and thankful you wore your winter coat, the next you are sweating on the bus thinking the dude next to you might get some involuntary drops of your body fluids if you don’t get off quick. Let alone the unexpected rain showers (are we the only ones NEVER having our umbrella when we need it??).
The only way around this dilemma we could come up with is getting a new coat all together! We’ve put together tons of lists of some our Summer favourites - check out our Summer Edit, Swaps + Festival Picks – we hope you find something you like! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel better after a tiny little bit of retail therapy 😉
There you have it! We hope our 5 little tips help you make the most of this shabby attempt of summer! More than that, we are praying to all the weather gods to get a grip, but at least we don’t have to wait on them to get our summer energies up.
Have a great rest of the week!
Your Season 7 Team
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