Looking forward to summer

Looking forward to summer

Now that we are into daylight saving time and our evenings are getting longer, it is time to think about getting ready for summer. Unfortunately, before we get to the lazy, hazy crazy days of holiday time we tend to have a really busy lead up to Christmas.

Here are some tips for getting through the stress and deadlines of October, November and December:


Eat a balanced diet

We are moving into the salad season with lots of fresh leafy vegetables and fruit available on supermarket shelves and in your garden. Load up on seasonal specialities made with kale, spinach, asparagus and spring greens for a boost of iron and protein.

Let’s get physical

We all know that exercise is essential for good health, but at this time of the year it is even more important to help your body cope with the stressful days ahead. With the warmer weather outdoor exercise such as walking, biking and running are much more pleasant. There may even be time after work; perhaps with a partner, friend, kids or the dog. Exercise is much more fun with company! You may prefer yoga, pilates or dance – the main thing is to get the body moving to improve fitness, reduce stress and keep those feel good chemicals racing.


As difficult as it is to do, factoring in ‘me time’ is important for your health and sanity. Taking time out to read, have a long soak in the bath or commune with nature all helps to ground you and gives your body and brain a chance to re-set and prepare for the next onslaught!


Be SunSmart

Now that we are well into spring it is time to think about being sun smart when out  in the sun. Get into good habits in spring so that being sunsmart is second nature by the height of summer.

New Zealand has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma - the most deadly. Over 90% of skin cancer is preventable through avoiding over- exposure to UV radiation from the sun. The Cancer Society recommends these steps to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV radiation.

  • Slip on a collared shirt and into shade,
  • Slop on broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+,
  • Slap on a broad brimmed hat and
  • Wrap on some close fitting sunglasses to protect your eyes when you are out and about.


Let’s sleep on it

Getting enough sleep is essential to keep healthy, so ensure you relax in the evening  in the lead up to bed time. Read, listen to music, do some gentle exercise or relaxation techniques so that when you hit the hay your brain is not buzzing.

Whatever it takes to be more kind toward your body, just do it! If that means stepping outside of the house more and enjoying the beautiful weather, by walking, biking or running – just do it! If that means staying in for a bath or a face mask, do your thing. Perhaps it’s cooking healthy dinners and sweet treats that'll feed your soul and body. What ever it is - good luck for the months ahead!


Heather Knewstubb
Time Genie Personal Concierge Services
Kapiti Coast
Ph: 022 394 8493