We live in a sunburnt country where the heat can cause stress to our bodies. Over the holiday season, we are likely to be spending more time outdoors with our loved ones. It is important to stay cool and hydrated to ensure you stay well during the hot summer weather.
Tips to help you stay well during hot weather
1. Stay Hydrated
Drink water. This is the simplest yet best way to avoid heat-related illness. It’s important to keep up your water intake, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Adults are recommended to drink approximately 2 liters of water per day. You should avoid sugary, alcoholic or hot drinks (including tea and coffee) as these can make dehydration worse.
2. Keep your body cool
Drinking cold drinks and eating cooler meals like salads and fruit are not only more satisfying in warm weather, but they can also help you keep cool. Wearing light coloured and loose fitting clothes made from natural fibers, like cotton, also helps. In addition to this, you can keep your home cool by shutting curtains and blinds during the day.
4. Keep your food safe Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored, and defrost foods in the fridge, not on the kitchen bench.
When it cools down
When the heat has passed after a hot day, continue to drink plenty of water. Open windows and doors to let your house cool down, contact family and friends to find out how they have coped and to see if they need help, and go to your doctor if you feel unwell. You might also like to think about how well you coped and if you would do anything differently next time, including making changes to your home to make it more comfortable during extreme heat periods.