Wellness Odyssey BLOG: May 8, 2022

 

Here we are in the second weekend of May. Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who have children or take care of children or mother others. It’s a day to celebrate unconditional love and that we are now midway through Spring.

 

What does that say to you? Does it mean you’ve got a few weeks left until the children are out of school? Are you planning a vacation for yourself, or the family to some far-off tropical location, planting your garden, getting the mowers ready to do their job mowing the lawn? Maybe it’s none, or all, of the above.

 

Whatever your plans for this glorious time of year I’d like to remind you to be prepared.

 

Taking a Road Trip

Who doesn’t love a great road trip? I have fond childhood memories of gearing up for a weekend camping trip in a neighboring state. Sunday afternoon drives along back roads are still a favorite activity. But without preparation things get miserable quickly.

  • Make sure the vehicle is ready with proper tire pressure, oil and water checked, extra water in case of engine overheating, and check brake lights and windshield wipers.
  • Make sure you have snacks and water so everyone cam stay hydrated (including the dog)
  • If you have kids who enjoy napping on the drive be sure they have something soft to cuddle into
  • Let someone know when you expect to return and where you are going
  • Take maps even if the area is familiar
  • Flashlight, tire change tools, cell phone and emergency lights
  • Light jackets and appropriate footwear for your destination or planned activities

 

Hiking, Rock hounding, Biking

Whether you plan to be on foot, crawling around on hands and knees, or pedaling your preparation is the same.

  • Water and snacks in a backpack or fanny belt
  • Proper footwear
  • A lightweight jacket
  • Bug repellant
  • Small first aid kit
  • Maps of the area you will be in
  • Cell phone, flashlight, rain gear if you expect rain (of course you’ll have checked the weather before setting out
  • An emergency contact who is aware of where you are going and when you plan to return
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses
  • Whatever supplies you’ll need for the activity such as a walking stick for hiking, a bucket if rock hounding with a small shovel and gloves, a bike, and extra inner tubes if biking & whatever other supplies you deem necessary

 

Boating, paddling, swimming, and any other water fun

As the weather warms, we all want to get into the water and cool off. I live near rivers, creeks, and lakes so it’s a good bet you’ll find me in the water a lot this year. To be prepared for water adventures always think safety first.

  • Footwear is essential whether floating the river, walking the wetlands or in the boat. Get the right kind of shoes.
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
  • The wind usually comes up in the afternoon so be prepared to keep the chill away with a jacket and lightweight pants once out of the water.
  • Life jackets if boating or paddling
  • I like a walking stick if I’m in the river since the rocks aren’t always stable.
  • Be aware of steep drop-offs and changing currents depending on the water source
  • It’s good to have a buddy with you
  • Of course, you need water and snacks for hydration and energy
  • Monitor your time in the sun
  • Have a small first aid kit
  • I always take a change of clothes since I really don’t like sitting in wet clothes for the drive back home or the hike back to camp

Keep in mind that these things apply to going to the hot springs as well. You may be hiking in; be sure you know where you’re going and the terrain. Maps and cell phones are important items to have.

 

Get out there and enjoy nature in whatever activity you enjoy. Physical activity is good for the body, your moods and for stress relief. There’s plenty of research that shows time in nature improves your health for almost every chronic disease. I wish I could write you all a prescription for time outdoors. I can’t but you can make it a priority for yourself and part of your self-management plan to improve your health.

 

Here’s to a fun spring, a sassy summer, and a frolicking fall!

Til next time….