The evenings are getting lighter, the mornings are getting warmer and I can feel myself coming alive again. Although Winter is alright and I always get through it, I am about as far from a fan of the cold weather as is possible. Now that Summer is in sight, I couldn’t be happier!
Don’t Dread The Sun
I know that many people dislike warm weather and worry how they’ll navigate it as a plus size person. It’s important to remind yourself that you have the right to enjoy Summer as much as anyone else. Take steps to ensure that you enjoy the sunshine as much as possible.
Wear What You Want
One of the things that lots of people talk about is not wanting to get their legs out or feeling like they should hide their arms. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – you are allowed to take up space. Nothing bad will happen if you take off your cardigan or choose a pair of shorts rather than jeans. It can seem like a scary prospect but once you do it, you’ll never look back.
If it all seems a bit much, take small steps to ensure your comfort. Wear a cardigan but take it off for an hour in the afternoon and see how you feel, for example. Hopefully doing this a few times will help you feel more comfortable to do this for longer periods at a time and soon it will become second nature.
The hot weather makes everyone hot and sweaty so don’t be scared to take steps to ensure your own comfort. Wear shorts under your dresses, pack a fan to take on a day out with you or sit down when it all gets too much. Remember everyone is going to be feeling the effects of the warmth so do want you need to do. Wear suncream, tie your hair back and take a bottle of water with you.
Take Up Space
Once again, you are allowed to take up space. Do not allow anyone to let you believe you’re not entitled to enjoy Summer because you live in a larger body. Existing as a fat person is okay. You’re allowed to live in whatever body you choose and enjoy whatever season you wish.