Summer is finally here! Today is a good opportunity to remind us all about recommended precautions so that we can enjoy the season and avoid risks that accompany warm weather.

Here are a few tips and reminders to take good care of ourselves:

Stay hydrated. We all need more when it’s hot outside. Jazz up your water with lemon, lime or fresh fruit for a tasty and refreshing treat! If you wish, keep track of your water intake with a free app.  

Sunscreen Protect yourself while outdoors. A number of medications warn to keep out of the sun for extended periods of time, so be sure to double check labels. When you are in the sun, wear a hat and sunscreen (one that provides broad spectrum coverage). Here is more helpful information on sun safety.

If lymphedema worsens during warm weather, learn here what will help and what to avoid.

Take advantage of the growing season by eating fresh fruits and vegetables! Find your local farmer’s market here.

If you love gardening and the outdoors, wear gloves and other safety gear to avoid cuts, scrapes and insect bites. Here’s a great guide to avoid insect bites this summer!

Exercise offers many benefits, but please be safe when engaging in physical activity, especially when outside where you can easily overheat. Check out a few exercise safety tips here.

Remember that it is a gift to yourself to say “no” if you just want to stay home and relax. While receiving invitations is a compliment, honor when you aren’t feeling up to it.  

Children are often provided with many fun opportunities during the summer while school is out. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the idea of planning, ask for help and know that friends and loved ones are ready to assist.  

Summer is the perfect time to relax with activities you may have delayed like reading a book or beginning a nourishing hobby. Take advantage of the longer days!

Whether or not you’ve tapped into YSC’s resources, know that they are available to you when you’re ready: .

–  Talk with someone one-on-one through SurvivorLink.

–  Meet in-person with other young survivors through your local F2F group.

 Chat with other young women from the comfort of your home through the upcoming Online Video Support Groups, starting August 1. There are three available including 30 and Under, In-Treatment and Metastatic.

Our Community Boards have many forums and are on a 24/7 platform.

 

 

 

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