Heat. It seems like most places in the world issue a new all-time record heat record now daily due to this current heat wave. It’s insane, but welcome to our climate change! To survive this heat, I have concluded five tips for you below. Keep those in mind these following weeks and months, when the temperatures get higher and higher. We are all just humans, and we have to take a few steps to protect ourselves from sun and heat.
5 Steps on how to cope with a heat wave, and stay sane and healthy
Drink more than enough
Hydration is probably the most crucial thing during a heat wave. Basically, you have to drink all day long. Water is the best solution, while something with electrolytes is highly recommended, too!
Don’t forget to eat in the heat!
It’s very important you don’t forget to eat or skip a meal because its too hot and you don’t feel hungry. During a heat wave, your body has to function and needs nutrition to do so. Sure, just drinking chilled water with some lemon all day sounds lovely, but nutritional wise that’s just false. Feed your body and give it its needed power; otherwise, you will suffer from the heat even more, as your body lacks the function to keep you going.
Eat something even if you’re not hungry at lunchtime, also if it’s just a piece of fruit or a salad. Ice cream sounds good, but skip the dairy if it’s very hot, it’ll just make you nauseous!
Wear appropriate clothing
For sure you will suffer in a heat wave if you’re wearing long skinny jeans. Give your body some space, and try to wear as flowy and breathable clothing as possible. Like some knee-length Linen trousers and an oversized blouse or shirt. Don’t forget to wear a hat, which preferably is light coloured and not blue or black, and sunglasses to protect your eyes. In this sense, don’t forget to wear sunscreen if you have to/will be out in the sun for more than 30 Minutes a day.
Don’t lock yourself inside without moving air
If you can, spend most of your day inside during a heat wave. Not everyone has air conditioning, but don’t make the biggest mistake of locking yourself in with still-standing air. Any kind of moving air is better than still air! If you’re too scared to open windows in your house just a bit during the day with brutal heat outside, its recommended to invest in at least one ventilator to get the air moving. It won’t technically cool the air inside your home town, but it will get it moving, which will feel nice once this moving air touches your skin and body.
Know the signs of heat-related illnesses, and what to do about it
Do you know the symptoms of a heat stroke or heat exhaustion? You might have already been suffering from one, without knowing. The signs of heat exhaustion are dizziness, nausea and vomiting, headache, tiredness or weakness, profuse sweating, damp skin and/or a quick, weak pulse. Heat stroke has some of the same symptoms as headache, dizziness and nausea, as well as confusion, irritability, hallucination, fainting or collapse, gait disturbances, seizures and/or reddened skin with or without sweating. If you have to vomit from all nausea, you should see a doctor immediately, and rehydrate yourself.
If you start to feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, make sure to cool your body down. One tip is to cool your wrists with ice or at least cold water to drop your core temp fast. Make also sure to cool your body down with damp towels or a splash of water on your head, feet, in your neck – or just take a refreshing shower if you feel you’re overheated.
The picture for the Featured Image above was taken in my hometown at Lake Constance in southern Germany the other day.