Tips For Staying Safe In Heatwaves

FullSizeRender(5)I can’t be the only one that has a love hate relationship when it comes to summer and hot weather.  You want to be outside enjoying yourself, but you overheat too quickly. You spend most of the day walking around like a zombie after been awake all night, and your are either coping with auras and seizures or worried that due to the heat something is bound to appear soon. Then you worry about worrying – that awful cycle.

I used to always dread summer, as it would be a time where my health would decline. Thankfully, the last few summers have been good and here are 5 tips that I follow.

I hope these help, even now I am learning more things to help me stay protected from the heat.

1. Stay hydrated

This is really important. The moment you feel thirsty grab a cold drink. Avoid caffeine like; teas, coffees and energy drinks as they will dehydrate you.

I highly recommend buying a drinking bottle, you can keep it in cool in the fridge and take it with you if you’re go out.

 2. Apply plenty of sun cream – don’t burn!

You may think this sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t bother.  I will also share this tip I recently learnt. When buying sun cream check the UVA & UVB star rating as well as the SPF. As we know, UVA & UVB protection blocks the harmful rays from the sun, so if your sun creams UVA & UVB rating is low it’s not protecting you from the harmful rays.

If you’re worried that good sun cream will be expensive, it won’t. I bought a SPF50 sun cream with a UVA star rating of 5 (the highest) for £1.50.

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This suncream gives 5* UVA protection and medium SPF protection

(It’s also useful to renew sun creams every year, to make sure they are working their best.)

 3. Head for shade

When out and about be mindful of how long you are staying in the sun, especially during the middle of the day. Don’t push yourself if you start to feeling hot or tired and take a break and relax in the shade.

 4. Invest in a fan

It’s never a good thing when your sleep gets interrupted because of hot, humid nights. It’s important that we get our rest! Fans can be an excellent solution to this problem.  Tower fans are usually good, and they are not too expensive

5. And finally…Relax!

One of the worse things that you can do in hot weather is exhaust yourself. Its only natural that you are going to have busy schedules, and that combined with hot weather can be a dangerous mix, especially if sleep has been disturbed during the night. The most important thing you can do is recognise when you are feeling a little depleted and take a break, head for shade and have a drink.

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I hope these few tips have been helpful,

Hope you all enjoy the sun, stay safe.

Thanks for reading,

Becky 🙂

 

 

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