Summers coming.. a statement that I know a lot of you will be excited to hear and a lot of you despite age sex or location, will in fact feel something akin to fear, cue flash backs to that time you thought your thighs might actually catch on fire if you took another step or the idea of your pasty butt being exposed.
Summer for a lot of us is still a battle. It brings the stress associated with wearing less clothes, which for a lot of us, is a safety blanket (not literally, I don’t think you’re favourite outfit is a blanket). The torture of chaffed thighs that rule out ever going with out shorts under EVERYTHING and my personal favourite, having to shave above the knee.
In New Zealand our summers are often muggy, hot and sweaty which leaves you wanting to swim, which of course requires you to strip down and show parts of your body that you don’t usually show to strangers (You might, I’m not judging). Now this doesn’t freak me out now, but it has in the past. So here’s some things that I do to make summer less stressful.
1 – Summer Shopping Shopping with summer in mind gets me excited. I like to look online and put together a little capsule summer wardrobe that I look forward to wearing and thankfully places like ASOS are going into winter so you’ll find lots of summer stuff on sale. This summer I am going to go for cute tea dresses, skirts and a light pair of pants, some basic T-shirts with a couple of midi dresses I will have on rotate for BBQ’s and beach days. I bought some togs I’m excited to wear and the bonus is that they are only $24 at Kmart!
This ones in capitals because last summer it literally changed my life. I have been suffering for years with horrible thigh chafe and when I finally invested in some Neat 3B Action Cream.
I wondered why I didn’t do it sooner. It goes on like a cream and is sticky for a bit kind of like moisturiser and then it dries down to a powdery/ chalky consistency that I believe stops you sweating so much and allows your thighs not to stick. It’s not the most joyous thing to do, but it’s so worth it.
There are quite a few on the market so if this one doesn’t work for you, I know there’s a few different formulas to choose from around and I’ve seen other friends using Bodyglide for Her and loving it. It seems more like a gel/ deodorant bar type application.
3 – Keep a bag packed for emergency beach trips
I’m kind of aiming this one at myself because I did this last year and it seriously made my life at least 33% easier.
I spend most of my summer in Northland and then the Coromandel so it only makes sense. Get a cute bag and keep these things in it and I’m sure you’ll thank me when you don’t have to pretend your bra is a bikini top.
- Beach Towel
- A plastic bag (for wet togs)
- A hat
- A change of clothes, usually a maxi dress
- Togs and spare togs
Oh! and make a summer playlist on your phone so when it comes time to be the passenger seat DJ, you’ll just be like.. I’ve got this.
4 – Positive affirmations / Be greatful
Now this isn’t just a summertime thing but it can help a lot with the anxiety of dealing with all that summer can bring. I try to do this in my every day life and it helps keep me grounded when I think things are falling apart.
In relation to summer I try to remember things like the quote below and before I get out of bed in the morning (when I remember) I just try to rattle off a few things I am grateful for. It sets you up in a good frame of mind for the day and helps change your perspective a little.
Some of the best advice I’ve been given was in a video by Guy & Meg. The advice was to focus on the things about yourself that are great, parts of your personality that make you who you are and focus less on the physical things because A) it doesn’t matter and B) you might come to terms with your body and looks now but what about in 5 years when it changes and then again after that. We are ever changing in looks so there’s no point stressing about them to the point it limits your life.
5 – Drink Water
I know this seems like super obvious, but seriously. Drink. Water.
Our sun is some of the harshest in the world and becoming dehydrated happens so easily. Get a drink bottle that you love and is easy to sip from and take it everywhere with you. I did this last summer and it made such a difference to they way I felt and helped lots with the bloating that comes with the food a drinks we have over summer. Put it in the fridge, put fruit in it, add a goal like “I can have 3 glasses of prosecco once I finish the bottle” you’ll find it super easy (ok that might be more of a personal fantasy but you get the idea). My sister got me a drink bottle from TYPO and not only is it cute, but it’s huge and I’ve never found drinking water so easy. They have a whooole affordable range and they are BPA free.
Try and let go, like the quote above, don’t let people pleasing or perceived perfection stop you living your life and having a fabulous time with out being worried about the dimples in your thighs or the roundness of your tum.
If you do all this, and you still don’t feel like you can strip off and enjoy your summer, message me and I’ll tell you why you can. ok? good.
Love you! Nina x