Posted by: jude49 | August 5, 2014

Keeping Calm in Summer’s Heat

Hello Readers,

In my part of the world (Vancouver, B.C.) and in many other parts of the universe, it’s hot! Hot weather and anxiety don’t mix well. When you feel anxious, you often feel hot. So here are some tips I have used to keep cool and calm in the heat.

  • Drink water; flavor it with real fruit or sliced cucumbers. Avoid soft drinks, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol.
  • Eat hydrating foods like melon, watermelon, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers…
  • Eat small meals more often.
  • Avoid using the stove. If you need to cook/bake, use it in the morning or evening.
  • Wear looser clothing, preferably cotton.
  • Wear a hat, preferably one with a brim that shades your face and neck.
  • Take soothing baths in tepid/cool water. Adding epsom salts and/or baking soda helps take the sting out of bites.
  • Walk barefoot as much as you can. Let your feet breathe. When wearing shoes, wear cotton socks.
  • Wear less make-up.
  • Keep your hair shorter or ponytail it.
  • Walk in the morning and/or the evening. Stay indoors…at home, in the air-conditioned library or mall…during the hot afternoon hours.
  • Freeze water bottles. When you go outside, grab one. You can drink from it…and you can rub the outside of the bottle on your face, arms and legs to keep cool.
  • Have ice in your freezer to rub over your face, legs, chest and arms to cool you down.
  • Make your own popsicles or freeze fruit (blueberries, strawberries, etc) in water in an ice cube tray.
  • Store your lotions in the fridge (a tip from my mom)
  • Put some ice in your hat and flip it on your head (a life-guarding tip)
  • Ditch your quilts/duvet. Use a single sheet for a cover. Put your sheets in the fridge for a few hours before you go to sleep. Cool sheets will help you sleep.

Enjoy summer!

Warm Wishes,

Judith

 

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