Wellness Wednesday with Michelle Rossow
It is really hot out! How do you plan to beat the heat? Hanging out at the beach or local pool, staying indoors in the AC, or enjoying a frozen or frosty beverage? Either way, there are some things to remind us of when we are on the brink of overheating.
My favorite tip to avoid overheating is to drink plenty of water. Most days you will find me toting a gallon of water to help keep track of my intake. Dehydration can lead to overheating, so make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated on warm days. For other tips to identify and prevent heat exhaustion see the article from Healthline
Have you gone outside for a simple thing like getting the mail or watering plants and what should have been 5 minutes somehow turned into 15-20? I know I have, and without sun protection you can get burned in that short amount of time. However, you will not realize it at the time as the redness takes many hours to appear. With the scorching temperatures and the sun's harsh rays, don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily even on cloudy days as 80% of the UV rays come through the clouds according to the FDA. Go beyond sunscreen application with sun protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses for maximum protection. For tips on sun safety including in the workplace, see the CDC article. Also, to evaluate the effectiveness of sunscreen levels and sunglasses UV protection, see the FDA article for tips on what to look for to best protect yourself.
Whether traveling for work or on a getaway adventure, make sure to have plenty of provisions as different factors like humidity, sun reflections off snow and water, as well as activity levels in heat can impact how quickly and severely you can overheat and lead to heat exhaustion.
Next time you venture out, pack the water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and sun-protecting clothes to stay cool and chill!
See you next week with another wellness tip!