As we dive into the heart of summer, July brings us exciting opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, attend festivals, and make the most of your time as international students. However, it’s crucial to prioritize our well-being and stay informed about health and safety practices. In this blog post, we will highlight some important reminders and provide examples of how you can make the most of your summer while taking care of yourself.
National Injury Prevention Day - July 5
On July 5, we observe National Injury Prevention Day, which serves as a reminder to be mindful of our surroundings and make safe and smart decisions. As international students, you might not be familiar with local traffic rules and patterns. Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving, it’s important to pay attention to cross traffic, use designated crosswalks, and follow traffic signals. By being cautious and aware, we can prevent accidents and ensure our safety while enjoying the summer fun.
Summer Outdoor Activities: The beautiful weather in July calls for spending time outdoors and exploring the local attractions. Festivals, markets, concerts, and other events o‑er fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the Canadian culture and enjoy new experiences. However, it’s essential to stay safe during these outings.
Here are a few tips:
- Wear sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF. Reapply it regularly, especially if you’re spending a long time outdoors.
- Stay hydrated: The summer heat can be intense, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated, especially during outdoor activities.
- Dress appropriately: Opt for lightweight and breathable clothing to stay comfortable in the heat. Consider wearing a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun and deodorant for body odour.
International Self-Care Day - July 24
Self-care is vital for maintaining our overall well-being, and July 24 marks International Self-Care Day. As an
international student, it’s essential to prioritize self-care and make time for activities that promote relaxation,
self-reflection and health. Here are some examples:
1. Connect with nature: Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and go for walks in local parks, visit
botanical gardens, or plan a picnic. Spending time in nature can have a calming eect on our mental health.
2. Engage in mindfulness practices: Consider practicing mindfulness or meditation to reduce stress and
promote a sense of inner calm. There are numerous apps and online resources available to guide you
through mindfulness exercises.
3. Personal Hygiene as Self-Care: Taking care of your personal hygiene is an essential aspect of self-care.
Here are some practices to incorporate into your routine:
Shower or bathe regularly: Maintain good hygiene by showering or bathing regularly, especially after
engaging in physical activities or spending time outdoors. Cleanse your body using soap and warm water to remove dirt, sweat, and bacteria.
Oral hygiene: Take care of your teeth and gums by brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride
toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss daily.
Clean clothing and bedding: Regularly wash your clothes, towels, and bedding to maintain cleanliness and prevent the buildup of bacteria and odors. Follow the recommended washing instructions for each
Skincare routine: Establish a skincare routine that suits your skin type. Cleanse your face daily, apply moisturizer, and use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
By being mindful of our surroundings, taking necessary safety precautions, and practicing self-care, we can make the most of our summer adventures while staying safe and healthy.
Remember to follow ILAC Health Services on Instagram to stay informed about upcoming events and access valuable resources.
Enjoy the beautiful weather, explore new experiences, and take care of yourselves this July!