It’s August, but I don’t need a calendar to know this.
I can tell simply by the number of complaints I hear—every single day—about the humidity. Oh, and the fact that I, too, live in Jacksonville and know what it’s like to leak sweat out of every pore of my body within five seconds of walking outside.
We all know that there are downsides to humidity: increased allergens, potential for dehydration and difficulties for individuals with asthma, not to mention the dreaded hair frizz, boob sweat and make-up sliding off one’s face. But guess what? There are actual benefits (health and otherwise) that come with humidity too:
1. Reduced susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness
2. Fewer flare-ups of eczema or other skin conditions because of body moisture
3. Protection for hardwood floors, carpet and woodworking
4. Healthier joints and muscles
5. Less static electricity
6. Reduced bacteria and germs indoors
7. Increased efficiency for runners
If those aren't enough reasons for you to quit your whining about the humidity, you can always move to Alaska or Iceland and to contend with up to 23 hours of daylight in the summer months.
Or you could head down under to enjoy a friendly mouse plague.
Oh, and one more thing, August isn't even the hottest month of the year in Jacksonville. July is.