Phew! Don’t you love the British weather – Hail and rain one minute, then scorching hot sun the next! Maybe that’s why us Brits always talk about the weather as it’s a lot more interesting than any soaps on TV.
The bright sun and high light levels are great for topping up vitamin D, banishing SAD ( seasonal affective disorder ) and making us feel good – but it does have a downside.
I’ve listed a few tips to help you stay safe and a little less hot and sweaty over the next few days.
1) Keep your environment cool:
There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a hot bedroom at night, so start by keeping your house cool during the day. Keep all windows and curtains shut on the sunny side of the house and open windows and curtains on the shady side of the house. You will have to change the windows as the sun moves around but this will keep your house wonderfully cool.
2) Wear a hat:
3) Time your exercise carefully:
Exercising during heat will dramatically increase your chances of becoming dehydrated. It can also make it harder for your body to cool down and regain its normal temperature. So if you are thinking of going for a run or a brisk walk to the shops at lunchtime, think again!
4) Make sure you use sun protection:
You could wear a light long-sleeved top and keep your skin covered up… but if not make sure you have sunscreen lotion on!
The British Association of Dermatologist recommend:
5) Don’t get ‘Hot and bothered’!
More haste, less speed! If you work through your task list steadily and carefully without trying to rush around and do sixteen things at once, you will find you work much more efficiently and effectively than if you get hot and frazzled. Staying cool and focused on the task at hand can be a whole lot more productive.
Some of these tips may help, but the most important thing is to enjoy the great British summer while it lasts!