Beat the Heat (& Hot-Temper)

Oh Summer, what a hot mess! Good thing we are learning how to beat the heat before the weather wears down our moods. A Woman’s Health shares some reasons why we are more hot-tempered in the summer and how we can tame our reactions to the heat.

AWH says that if you live somewhere with prolonged periods of high temperatures, the heat might not bother you as much because you’ve probably acclimated to it. However, if you’re faced with the occasional heat wave, you might find yourself feeling irritable and short-tempered in the face of the hot temperatures. There are several things you can do to cope with the heat:

  • Minimize your outdoor time. If you must be outside, avoid the midday heat.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink some water, dolls!
  • Use caution with medications. Some medications, such as blood pressure medications, are diuretics. You may need to drink extra water to stay hydrated.
  • Use caution with exercise. Skip your outdoor workout and head to the gym.
  • Seek air conditioning. Aah, that’s better!
  • Take it easy. The heat can zap your energy, so adjust accordingly. Take your cues from cultures that live near the equator and adopt the habit of the afternoon siesta.
  • Avoid making any big decisions or lifestyle changes during a heat wave, especially if the changes are emotionally charged. You may not be thinking clearly and might regret your decision later.
  • Focus on what you can control. Remember that this too shall pass. Focus on the positive as much as possible. If the heat has forced you indoors, perhaps it’s an excellent time to catch up on a project you’ve been procrastinating.
  • Relax: There are a variety of mind-body techniques that you can use to relax and shift your mood, including guided imagery, meditation, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and music.

Want to read the rest? Here you go, you hot tamale!

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