The heat has been turned up over the last few weeks and summer in the UK has arrived early!
Have you noticed that the birds are singing much louder, strangers are happy to share a smile and the smell of BBQs is in the evening air? It’s evident that the sunshine definitely encourages us to have those feel-good feelings.
According to the Met Office, this unseasonably hot weather started in May, with that monthe being the hottest May in the UK since records began.
I have heard that people are complaining about it being too hot! For some the downsides of being too hot can be: –
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Itchy, sensitive skin conditions
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increase in hay fever symptoms
- Heat exhaustion
The truth is, whether the heat is on due to the weather, your work or your family circumstances, feeling hot and bothered is inevitable. However, when you notice that it is starting to have a detrimental effect on you, your work or your family life, it’s time for you to do something about it.
It’s not just about staying cool by wearing the right clothes, slapping on high factor sun screen and staying out of the sun from 11am-3pm; it’s about putting systems in place beforehand so that you can continue to function effectively. Being affected by any one of the symptoms above will have a detrimental effect on how you function at work and at home.
Dehydration can lead to brain fog – not being able to focus or think straight
Sleep deprivation – resulting in you feeling lethargic, yawning during meetings and appearing disinterested
Heat exhaustion – causing you to feel irritated and snapping at clients and colleagues
Keeping Your Cool
With the Met Office telling us that this hot weather is expected to continue for a few more weeks, here are three things you can put in place to stay cool and in control whatever it is that has caused the heat to be turned up for you.
- Stay hydrated – if you feel thirsty when you wake up in the morning then you’re already dehydrated. In the hot weather drink a minimum of 3 litres of pure water a day.
- Have a bottle of cold water ready by your bed to drink before you get out of bed.
- Have another glass of water before you leave the house.
- Carry a waterbottle with you. Your waterbottle allows you to monitor how much water you are actually drinking.
- Drink a glass of water before every meal and before going to bed.
- Have an early night – plan to go to bed half an hour to an hour earlier than normal. As part of your early night planning process have a good bedtime routine and add the following: –
- Make sure the room is cool and as dark as possible.
- If you haven’t done so already exchange your quilt for cool sheets.
- Open windows to allow any air to flow through your home.
- Keep curtains closed during the day to keep the heat of the sun out.
- Book a reiki or reflexology treatment – both these treatments have a relaxing effect on your mind and body, resulting in: –
- You feeling mentally calmer
- An increase in your ability to focus better
- Being less likely to be irritated by others
- A reduction in physical symptoms caused by the heat.
After their treatment some clients have reported feeling like they are floating on air and feel completely rested.
“I booked in with Sharon for reiki and reflexology as I am a busy business owner and mom in need of some serious relaxation and rest! The treatments are relaxing and completely rejuvenating. I now book in with Sharon monthly, as it keeps me in the right frame of mind and ensures I give myself the time out I need.” Clare, Sutton Coldfield
A regular treatment will help you to cope with not only changes in the climate but with any other unexpected life changes. Contact Sharon to book yourself in for a FREE 20-minute Discovery Call to see how working with her can help you.
Sharon lives with her partner Geoff in Warwickshire and they have two adult children. She worked for over 25 years in an office environment, gaining qualifications to degree level in finance, business and management. While there she witnessed and experienced many stressful situations and suffered illnesses which were stress related.
Sharon was advised to make some changes to her lifestyle which included trying complementary therapies. After experiencing the benefits of complementary treatments, she decided to retrain and to share her knowledge and experiences to help others recognise and manage their own physical and emotional stress and anxiety levels.
Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 12 years now, and she loves helping people to feel uplifted, focused, positive and empowered about their lives.