How to have fun this summer despite Covid-19 and extreme heat – CNN | WHs Answers

This isn’t the summer of kissing strangers or fooling around all day until the sun goes down. No; This summer too, thanks to dangerously high temperatures, we’re drowning in oceans of our own sweat and fearfully hiding from the latest Covid-19 variant.

We might not beat the heat (or existential angst), but damn it, we can still have fun. So you can enjoy the rest of the summer carefree so tall risk of Covid-19 infection and heat exhaustion.


Catch the sunrise on the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, take advantage of the proximity to the beach – just make sure you get there Yes, really early. It won’t be that hot or busy just yet, so when the beach fills up with families and the sun is fully up, your cue is to seek shade and air conditioning.

Bring an umbrella to the park. Listen to me — sitting outside in the sun without a shady respite will roast you, stuff you, and get you ready to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. It might feel silly to spend a day outside under an umbrella when it’s not raining, but at least your skin will be partially protected from the sun’s sweltering rays. Imagine yourself in the Victorian era, strolling through a royal garden under a dainty parasol.

Treat yourself. Even though it feels like our institutions are collapsing around us, ice cream remains perfect. If you’re craving sweets, a limited dose of sun, and socializing, gather your friends for a cone outside an ice cream parlor with enough outdoor seating to tick off all three.
Slide and slide. This requires a lawn with access to a hose. But if you or a friend have those things, get a slide or other easy-to-install water feature to splash around on — do it for those of us who can’t. Imagine the sweet relief of belly falling onto a wet, rubbery sheet and sliding through a sprinkler. It’s not just for kids!

Look for shade in nature. It is definitely too hot for a desert hike at the moment. But if you live near a botanical garden or arboretum, take advantage of the natural shade and breeze. You might even encounter some birds or other forest creatures and you can watch their tricks to keep your cool.


Invest in a kids’ pool. You don’t even need a garden for that. These plastic tubs are easy to inflate manually and are small enough to fit in your living room when you want to splash around at 90 Day Fiancé. It can also double as a bath for your pet, a beer cooler, or a sink for hand washing your delicates – it’s an investment in your future.
Curate a personal film festival. Tu ne peux pas aller à Cannes. But you can feel like a true cinephile from the couch with a carefully curated marathon of films. During this author’s struggle with Covid, I called up several children’s films that I used to watch when I was too ill to go to school. I’m talking The Incredibles, Lilo and Stitch, Shrek 2 – greatest hits here folks! My colleague Leah Asmelash recently did the same thing with a series of Denzel Washington films. Why not pick a genre, director, or star you like and just dig through her filmography?
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Sing your heart out with karaoke. If there’s a song you want to sing, there’s probably a backing track for it on YouTube (bless whoever makes them for obscure ditties from forgotten musicals; this author is grateful). While a cheap wireless microphone can fuel your pop star fantasy, a hairbrush or spatula are also acceptable objects for singing.
Really engage in puzzles. I stayed indoors all day to do a puzzle even when the weather was nice and Covid-19 was just a twinkle in our collective eyes. But now I have a reason to do it without feeling like I’m avoiding humanity! You may have worked your way up to 2,000 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle as the sweltering summer heat gives way to the less sticky, hopefully more brisk, autumn winds. (And if the thought is daunting, CNN has an illustrated guide on how to start and finish a puzzle.)
Learn a TikTok dance. Easier said than done, sure, but why not? What else are we up to? I bet if you watch Lizzo and Acolytes do the “About Damn Time” dance in a loop, you’ll bet them a miss too. But if that’s not your speed, you can freestyle or create your own choreography.
Read a ridiculously long book. “Endless joke.” “Anna Karenina.” “It.” All Jonathan Franzen. The voluminous tomes on your shelf have mocked you for years – now it’s time to open them. And maybe even quit!

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