Beat the Heat

My parents came in to town to visit earlier this week and they wanted to do some sightseeing.  Now I love sightseeing, but that involves a lot of walking around in the blazing summer sun. I don’t know about you, but the bright sun and hot, humid weather can make me feel like crap. I get all achy, and my joints feel kinda swollen, and any exposed skin is susceptible to getting a red, itchy rash. So here are a few tips to protect yourself this summer.

1. Wear sunscreen/sunblock.Growing up I never wore sunscreen. I have brown skin and I never burned, but now if I’m going to be outdoors for a long time I protect myself with a sunblock. It is recommended to use a SPF of 30 or greater. Ladies, don’t forget your faces. You can wear it under makeup or find a moisturizer with sunscreen in it,

2. Wear protective clothing. One of my favorite things are thin cardigans. They are light enough to not make you hot, but offer some good protection from the sun. I have several of them in different colors, so not matter what I’m wearing, I can always throw one on. I also keep an extra neutral toned one in the car. Some people wear hats. I’ve never been to fond of them, but I’ll wear them when I know I will be completely sun exposed.

3. Keep well hydrated. I usually carry a bottle of water in my purse, and one in the car. With the heat, you sweat so much, that you don’t even realize how much fluid you are losing. I drink even if I don’t feel thirsty. When I haven’t had enough water, I really feel it the next day.Dehydration makes me very weak, achy, and lethargic.

4. Get plenty of rest. During those hot summer months, I find I need a little extra sleep. I try to give myself an extra hour at night, and maybe even a little 20-30 min nap in the day.

5. Try to avoid direct sunlight. May seem like a no brainer, but sometimes, we don’t realize we are standing in direct light. At picnics or barbecues, try and find the shadiest spot possible, or bring an umbrella for shade.

Ok, my friends, I hope this helps. Enjoy the summer, but keep cool!

3 thoughts on “Beat the Heat

  1. I hope you don’t mind a suggestion. I carry a bandanna in my purse. If I am getting over heated I soak it with water and place it loosely around my neck under my hair. I think it works because it cools the blood flowing into your head and brain, but I’m not really sure. It’s just a trick that has served me well for a very long time of living in the south in the summertime.

  2. I live in hell, a/k/a Texas, and the heat here is…well, unbearable sorta describes it. I also work at a power plant. Although I’m inside, my guys are outside a lot..next to superheated equipment. We use ‘ice’ vests – vest with pockets all over them into which you place these reusable cold packs.

    Now, you may never need an ice vest, but the same stuff that’s inside those packs can be found in visors, wristbands, headwraps, and so on. I actually have a visor I wear with the cooling gel beads in it. Just wet it, put it on and off you go. It works really well. I also bought a t-shirt a few years ago that is supposed to have cooling technology built in. It works if you can get a size big enough to allow air flow around it so the sweat evaporating cools the gel, and in turn, you.

    Wow, I wrote a lot. Apparently, I spend a good deal of time just trying to keep cool. LOL!

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