Tips And Tricks To Help You Get Through Summer and Heatwaves in The UK

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As we’re now officially in the season of summer and as I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of a heatwave, I thought I’d share some tips that I swear by to help me cope during the hot weather. I’ll be honest I’m not a big fan of summer, I hate feeling too hot and I also find that it makes my chronic illness symptoms worse so I really struggle throughout the warmer months. Because of that I literally swear by these tips and tricks to get me through it. 

First up is using a flask of some sort to keep cold drinks in. Whether it’s a Stanley Cup or just a regular flask, pop your cold drink in and add a few ice cubes to keep your drink nice and cold for the day or whenever you need to refill.

Use a standing fan and try to have multiple around the house, especially in the most used rooms. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a decent fan, my current one was from Morrisons and I think it was around £30 and I’ve had it for about 2 years. It’s also cheap to run as it’s only 45W and I tend to have it on the low or middle setting.

Pop a couple of Koolpaks in the freezers or a hot water bottle to help keep you cooler at night. However, if you choose to freeze a hot water bottle don’t use it as a hot water bottle again as it can affect the rubber and make it potentially leak or burst. If you’re looking for a cheap hot water bottle to replace an old one then I highly recommend George at Asda.

Don’t forget to use sunscreen every day and reapply during the day. You obviously should do this every day anyway but use this as a reminder. My favourite sunscreens are Nivea Sun Protect and Moisture SPF50 Sun Cream Spray, Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Sun Cream Mist SPF50 and La Roche Posay Anthelios UVMUNE SPF50 Invisible Fluid

Make sure to leave water outside in shaded areas, away from people’s view for local animals whether it’s cats, dogs, foxes or smaller animals in need of refreshment. The reason why I say ‘away from people’s view’ is because we had an issue in my town when some evil person was poisoning cats by putting car de-icer in water bowls. So it’s just something to bear in mind when leaving food and water outside for animals. 

If you’re a chronic pain sufferer like myself then opt for cold therapy such as Koolpaks and Biofreeze or alternatively maybe try a tens machine if you haven’t already. I have two tens machines, I own the Ovira Period Cramp Relief Device RRP £119* which is for period pain and also endometriosis and PCOS pain. it has a continuous vibration which you can increase and decrease and it also has a clip on the device so it's easier to wear when you're at work or out and about. I also own the Kinetik Wellbeing Dual Channel Tens Machine RRP £35 which has 12 different therapeutic settings and a 10-60 minute timer.

Even though it’s hot, don’t have a cold shower, instead, you should opt for a lukewarm shower. Why? Because having a cold shower will actually make you feel hotter once you get out because it will throw off your body’s brain signals. 

Make sure to keep your curtains or blinds closed or mostly closed during the day as it helps to keep the heat out.

Opt for lighter meals such as salads, sandwiches and pasta over stodgy meals. 

Try to limit your alcohol intake as it makes you more susceptible to the sun and getting sunstroke. 

Wear loose-fitting clothes over anything skin-tight so you feel more comfortable and air can get around. I really don’t know how people wear skin-tight clothes such as fitted body con dresses or body suits in hot weather. It genuinely boggles my mind lol. 

Kool n Soothe Migraine Cooling Strips are so good if you’re someone who struggles with headaches or migraines, I find mine get worse in the summer. However, Kool n Soothe Cooling Strips can be used in general if you’re struggling with the warm weather. I sometimes pop one on at night if I can’t sleep due to feeling too warm. They also do a rollerball version but I’ve not tried that yet. 

Lastly are a couple of ways to help cool you down pretty quickly. First is to run your wrists under cold water, this is a good one to use if you’re at work or out and about. Next is a cold foot bath, whether you do it at the bottom of your bath or in an old washing-up bowl or bucket, it's not very glamourous but it really helps if you feel like you're really overheating. It’s also good for inflammation if you struggle with swelling in your legs or feet in the summer. 

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