Summers are the best for fun beach days and relaxing days by the pool. There are many more outdoor activities and events being held. However, the fun stops when you fall ill during summer due to the scorching heat. Amidst all the fun, it is still important to take precautions and steps to take care of yourself so that you stay safe and healthy all summer long. Here are some ways to survive the summer heat:
Wear Appropriate Clothing
It’s time to raid your summer wardrobe and pull out your favorite pieces. When you go out and about in the sun, you have to ensure you have dressed appropriately to prevent overheating. Summer clothes should be comfortable, breathable, and lightweight. Choose lighter materials such as cotton or linen as they are much more breathable as compared to heavier materials such as wool. Wear light layers and avoid over-layering your clothes so that heat does not get trapped under too many layers and your skin can breathe. Wearing lighter colors also helps as darker colors absorb heat easier.
It is also best to protect your face from sun damage by wearing the right accessories such as hats and sunglasses.
When the weather is hot, your body loses water quickly as you may perspire more from the heat. Hence, it is always important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. This is important to prevent yourself from dehydration which can lead to a host of issues such as fatigue, headaches, and in worst cases, cause you to faint. Hence, you should form good drinking habits by following these tips:
- Keep a big bottle by your side at all times so that water is always easily within reach
- Drink hydrating drinks such as water and juices. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, and drinks with too much sugar which can cause you to feel thirstier quicker
- Set alarms or plan a schedule for when you have to drink. For example, drinking a cup of water every hour is a good way of ensuring you are hydrated.
Remember Your Sunscreen
Exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause damage to the skin and sunburn. Frequent exposure to UV rays for prolonged periods can even cause skin cancer. It can also cause your skin to age faster as it reduces the elasticity of the skin. Hence, it is always a good idea to protect yourself from sun damage. Always remember to wear your trusty sunscreen when you are going outside. In fact, it is even a good idea to wear sunscreen indoors as you may also be exposed to sunlight.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. Ensure that you reapply sunscreen every two to three hours to ensure that you are protected at all times.
Plan Your Time Outdoors
Planning summer activities is fun, however, you should always plan it when temperatures are safer and when the sun is not at its highest. The best times are in the early morning before 10 a.m or late afternoon after 3 p.m. Temperatures may be slightly cooler and the sun will not be scorching hot. If you have to carry out your activities during noon, make sure you take the necessary precautions such as wearing sunscreen and drinking enough water. Better yet, you can explore some indoor recreational activities or attractions to visit during these times.
To conclude, summer is definitely a fun season where you can enjoy the outdoors. However, it is important to take some extra steps to stay safe and healthy throughout the season.