For many people, the summer isn’t any different than the rest of the year. It can actually be busier and more chaotic. Kids are at camp, the heat can be rough, ice cream men prowl the streets at 9 PM, and you only get glimpses of the outside world from your office. You might be plagued by memories of your youth when summer was the long vacation from school and a time of gleeful fun. Now, you’re happy to get an hour on the weekend when it isn’t raining or hot enough to cook dinner on the car roof. So, what are some things to do to survive these difficult months?
- Don’t look out the window if you’re at work! Just gazing at the good weather and possibly an ice cream man is a trap. You might see people playing in a sprinkler or be in view of a fountain. Maybe there’s a nice, shady tree that is calling to you. Stare long enough and then you’ll find that you wandered out of the office with those important files that are now soaring through the breeze.
- Don’t go anywhere without a cold/cool/wet drink! Dehydration is a real threat during the hot months. It can sneak up on you at times, especially if you keep thinking you can make it a few minutes more. Water is the best, but you can go for juice, milk, soda, or anything that will cool you down. Although, water is still easier . . . especially if it’s really vodka with ice.
- The Air Conditioner is your friend! The power bill is not! This doesn’t really help with surviving, but it’s an inevitable truth of the summer.
- If you’re a parent then make some time for your kids! Sure, they’ll run you ragged and drain your energy alongside the heat. They will make it that you’re more tired for the next day of work. Still, this is part of the long game. If you miss out on spending time with them then you’ll regret it down the road. (Note: If you do not have kids then do not take those of others to accomplish this feat. This is for parents only.)
- Stop worrying about how you look in a swimsuit! Unless you’re out to specifically attract a mate or get attention then who gives a crap. Be more concerned with it staying on if you’re hit by a wave or use the diving board. Not to mention you have so much more to worry about in the water. For pools, you have other people in close quarters, people peeing, floating Baby Ruths, chlorine to the eyes, broken glass between you and the water, and surviving those lounge chairs that will sear their pattern into your skin. For the ocean you have to watch out for jellyfish, crabs, sharks, orcas, medical waste, rip tide, Krakens, Atlantean invasions, stingrays, sharp shells, sand burning your feet off, and that one asshole who decides to drive his truck through the sunbathing area. Seriously, the swimsuit issue is the least of your worries.
- Complain about the heat as much as you want! Venting is how you can get the frustration out. In fact, I’m sure you’re running a few degrees hotter simply by being annoyed. Sure, people from Florida will mock you for not being able to stand the heat and make faces at their computer. Just remember that those bastards start shivering and shrieking once the temperature gets into the 60 degree Fahrenheit area. If it hits the 20’s then they freak out at the sight of frost and, if they don’t hear the radio announcement first, set their cars on fire. (That’s a true story too.)
- Save up some vacation time for the summer! Might be too late for this, but you really need to try and plan ahead. We all know that many places do vacation blackouts around December. Saving up your vacation time for that is a trap. Use some of it when there’s more to do outside. Call it a mental health revival period. If your boss doesn’t buy it then prove you’re losing your mind by hosting a luau in your cubicle. You might even get more vacation time than you asked for.