Here in the northeast we really treasure our summers because they come and go far too quickly. And this past winter was an especially long and difficult one so that makes this summer an even more welcome respite!
I love the 4 seasons and would never be content to live anywhere that did not offer that climate. From the brisk fall days to the dog days of summer I embrace them all. Each time the seasons change I find myself getting re-energized and eager to see the landscape change as the days of each season unfold.
In the summer I have a screened in porch that is essentially our summer family room, giving us additional open space to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer! It totally changes my perspective for several months of the year and I know reinvigorates me to face the challenges of RA.
Of course my favorite place to be in the summer is on a beach...any beach anywhere....the sounds of the ocean, the breeze off the water, the sand between my toes and yes the amazing sunshine and blue skies are like weather therapy for me!
Sitting on the beach, with a great summer book, listening to the sea gulls, enjoying the bright sunshine, spending time with family or all alone I am transported to a place of peace and calm that I believe has a distinct impact on the level of RA discomfort I am feeling. Not sure why but it seems to work! Now if I could just find a way to be there 24/7 - 365 days of the year I would be good to go!
Finally, metaphorically, bringing sunshine into the lives of others will bring it to you too, making your life more joyous and wonderful every day!