I love summer. I hate summer. Yes, these two co-exist for me. Living in Bangalore for 2 decades now, it is pretty much rainfall throughout the year barring 3-4 months.
Starting from January when our tiny winter is on its way out, we experience spring and summer in quick succession. As I suffer from dust and pollen allergies, rainy season when there is no sun for prolonged periods often wreaks havoc.
It is the spring and summer months when I love walking outdoors seeing the changing landscape of this beautiful city that is always under transition.
These days there is so much construction work all around that dust in the air is very common. I hate that. It is my time to walk outdoors. Just recently I had a bad attack of allergic sinusitis. Now, when I walk outdoors, I wear a mask. Imagine that!
At the same time, summer with its abundance of sunshine is wonderful for my mood. I feel snippy and so optimistic. The world is my oyster!
I guess I am a true Tropical creature.
Now the other side. Since I entered my forties and stepped into this rollercoaster ride that we call perimenopause, summer and its high temperatures have not been so nice.
My body temperature throughout the year stays higher than the others. My younger son has nicknamed me furnace. 🙂 That is because when others need jackets, I wear dresses so that my extremities could cool down my permanently sizzling self. 😉
My husband is used to turning on air conditioner at full blast pretty much through summer and sometimes in cooler times too.
As temperatures get into the 30s, my brain starts frying. My patience levels plummet, my sleep is affected.
Hot flashes are not cute in any Universe. I have suffered them off and on since months.
Like I said, menopause is a crazy ride that one tries one’s best to cope with. Workouts and sensible eating help, but I know that my body is changing in a different way.
I am grateful to it for so much that it has done for me, and hope that I can nurture it in this challenging phase.
So, yes coming back to summer. You can see how I love it so much and hate it as well.
What works for me is staying active, both mentally and physically. Luckily summer is the time when I stay the most regular with my workouts.
Walking outdoors is so good (even if it is with a mask). Strength training keeps my muscles and bones strong. At least, those are not creaking.
My professional work keeps me challenged and fulfilled. Can never feel grateful enough for that.
Summer is also the time for pickling, mangoes, fresh salads, buttermilk, cold homemade drinks.
I guess it is the perfect weather to make the most of the outdoors while also trying to chill both literally and figuratively. 🙂
Let me know if you have a love affair with summer too!