At the first sign of a few sunny rays, we’re pulling on our short-sleeved t-shirts and heading for the garden. We spend part of our time soaking up as much as sun as is humanly possible. The rest of the time is spent moaning about the heat and wondering when it will break.
Summer is usually a fun time. We eat ice cream, go to the beach, and host BBQs. We sit in beer gardens until it’s dark and we’re shivering in our flimsy dresses. But it has its downsides too.
When the sun comes out, it seems that all the insects come out too. If you don’t mind sharing your house with the odd spider, then that’s fine. But if you do, it can seem like a constant battle between you and them. And then, of course, there are more serious problems such as wasp and bee infestations. If you notice a nest in your walls or flowerbeds, always call a pest control services company. Never tackle them alone. The same is true for other pests such as bed bugs and rodents, etc.
Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder
You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. This usually occurs during the winter months when daylight decreases. Apparently, there is a version that affects some people in the summer months. It is referred to as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder or Summer SAD. Symptoms will vary from person to person. Therefore, coping with this will depend on your specific symptoms. For example, if the light is a contributing factor and you’re unable to sleep, consider blackout curtains. If you feel you’re depressed, no matter what time of year, always seek medical help.
The idea of spending the afternoon sunbathing seems like a dream in the winter months. The reality is quite different, especially if you have pale skin. Sunburn can be uncomfortable and painful. It can also have more serious consequences.
Try to keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Always wear a sunblock that protects you from harmful rays. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. A wide-brimmed hat is ideal to keep the sun off your face. If you want a suntan, then opt for fake tan instead.
If you do get burned, take a cool shower to calm down the area. Apply Vaseline or similar to keep the skin cool and moist. Drink plenty of fluids.
It’s Too Hot, And I Can’t Sleep
It seems we can’t win with weather sometimes. When it’s cold and rainy, we dream about the sun. But when it arrives we don’t know how to handle it. Staying cool is a problem, especially at night when you can’t sleep. Follow these tips to keep your home cool during the hottest months.
- Change your sheets and bedding. Opt for cotton and natural fibres. Breathable fabric will keep you cooler.
- Keep your curtains drawn during the day to keep out the worst of the heat.
- Lightly spray your sheets with water before going to bed. This will make them a little cooler.
- Place a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan. This will cool the air that is distributed.
Dealing with problems swiftly as they arise will free you up to make the most of the summer months. And if summer really isn’t your thing, you can rest assured that the Great British Summertime is usually short-lived.