Today is Ieuan’s 9th birthday and those of us who have given birth (or are about to) in hot summer weather know how difficult it can be to stay cool and comfortable. And what about those of us working in offices where we are still expected to wear formal attire in the absence of air conditioning? I’ve worked in a fair few offices like that.
Tips to stay cool in the heat
Choose loose-fitting clothing in cool, comfortable fabrics
Cotton and linen are cooler than man-made fabrics and there is no need to sacrifice style when there are so many gorgeous dresses around at the moment – particularly these summer dresses from Esprit. Personally, I always feel far more comfortable if my skin is covered, rather than exposed to the full glare of the sun.
Make sure that you carry water with you during the day and drink it regularly. Dehydration can lead to some quite unpleasant physical symptoms so know the signs: – increased thirst, sleepiness, headaches, and dizziness are clear signs you need to up your water intake. Water, that is, not caffeine drinks which are diuretic and will leave you spending more time on the loo!
Another idea is to carry a water spray in your bag for a quick cool down and you can also cool your body by putting your wrists under cold running water.
Eat plenty of water-rich foods
Our bodies also take water from the foods we eat so it’s important to choose foods with a high water content. Natural wholefoods have the most with fruit and vegetables containing 80 to 98 percent water. Great water-dense veg to eat include carrots, cucumbers, celery, and tomatoes. Try some great easy-to-make summer salads.
Stay out of the sun
A bit of a no-brainer this one but try to avoid staying in the sun for long periods. Don’t forget your sun hat and you could even use an umbrella as a parasol. Stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm to minimise the chances of sunburn too – particularly important for little ones.
Protect your skin with sunscreen
It’s so easy to leave for work in the morning without thinking about applying sunscreen but you should take every chance to protect your skin, not least to ward off wrinkles and accelerated ageing. There are plenty of high factor sunscreens for the face (I love Clinique’s City Block) and don’t forget the back of the neck and your ears. Here’s what the British Association of Dermatologists has to say on the importance of sunscreen.
Take lukewarm showers
Make sure you’re prepared for the heat if using public transport
Keep as calm and relaxed as possible
I’m sure you’ve noticed that temperatures definitely tend to fray quicker in the heat. Make sure you stay as mentally chilled as possible by ensuring your self-care doesn’t slip and you prioritise your health and well-being.
Whether that’s by changing the time of your daily exercise to the cooler early morning or evening or finding a cooler location to practise your yoga or meditation, it’s important to protect your me-time. That’s especially important if you’re dealing with over-heated and fractious kids!
Here’s hoping you stay cool and comfortable for the rest of the summer!