Many of us hold out for a warm summer each year and enjoy the sunshine, but sometimes when it get’s too hot we can find things difficult. Here are some tips about what to do in the hot weather, take a look:
- Keep out of the heat – The hottest parts of the day are between 11am and 2pm. Try to stay inside during these times. If you do need to go out try to stay in the shade, wear loose fitting clothes and a hat, apply sun cream, and drink plenty of water.
- Drink plenty – Make sure that you drink plenty of water or diluted fruit juice to keep hydrated throughout the day. Try to avoid alcohol, caffeine and sweet sugary drinks as they won’t keep you hydrated even if they cool you down.
- Plan ahead –If you know that it is going to be really hot, buy in a few more bits and pieces for lunches and dinners. This will mean you don’t have to leave the house to buy food you need. Stock up and plan ahead
- Close the blinds – sunlight coming in through the window can be so powerful. If you close the blinds of curtains, but keep the windows open you should benefit from the cooler air coming in and the sunlight being shaded
- Eat little and often – Smaller meals are better to keep you full throughout the day. Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water.
- Talk to your neighbours – If you are having trouble with cooling your house down or need a hand with housework but feel it is too hot to manage it, speak to your neighbours. You can invite them round for tea at the same time and they will be happy to help you out.
- Check in with family and friends – If you are on your own in the heat you might want to regularly check in with family members or close friends who may be concerned.
- Know when something is not right – Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be serious if not recognised early or if action is not taken. Take a look at the Red Cross page on Watching for heat stress and familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms.
- Call NHS 111 – If you are worried about a symptom you are having relating to the heat and want to speak to someone in person about what to do, call111. However, if it is an emergency and you need urgent attention, call 999.
If you would like any more information about this, or would like to talk any issues through with someone, call the HERE helpline on 0300 222 5709.