Do you have problems regulating heat? Are you sensitive to weather changes? Does the heat make you sick?
Many people with Fibromyalgia find the better weather usually means less pain but they find themselves with a new problem, the heat makes them very, very sick!
Unfortunately, that seems to be a common problem.
FORTUNATELY we CAN do things to keep ourselves cooler, starting with our homes. If you don't have central air conditioning, it is probably worth the small investment for a window or portable unit.
Keep your bedroom cool, even if just using fans. Having somewhere you can sleep is one of the MOST important things you can do. Getting a restful nights sleep is challenging enough, trying to do it when you are hot is miserable!
Other tips BEAT THE HEAT - COOLING YOUR HOUSE
Once our house is cooler, we are halfway there!
Take special care to use sunscreen, if you take any medication, many will make your skin more sensitive to the sun
But we can't stay in our cool, hopefully, air conditioned houses all summer… not if we want to enjoy it, even a little bit! So, what can you do to help keep cool this summer?
~ Something I learned from one of the many times I have had heat exhaustion, is to make sure to include something with salt to help balance electrolytes.
Some Great Tips
I recently asked a my family, friends and a Facebook group that I love "What Tips" they had to "Beat The Heat" this summer and they had some great ideas!
Plenty of people choose to stay indoors, a general agreement was the need for AC.
And a whole lot of people said they spend the time in water… either a local pool, the beach or a lake. The cool water is defiantly a favourite!
Some other ideas included
"Using a spray bottle filled with water and a few peppermint essential oil drops, spray on skin, and it will cool you down" one I didn't know, and am looking forward to trying (I mixed in 5 drops to about 3oz of water but it's raining today)
" I take showers to cool off, really helps before bedtime", "running water over my wrists and feet" and "going to bed with damp hair" were a couple other great ideas!
"Cold compresses" was another, either using a regular damp facecloth or towel (put the facecloth in a ziplock in the freezer for drip proof version).
"cooling cloths" from a store (I found some at my local Winners store and Amazon online) you wet it, wring it out and it stays cold for hours and doesn't drip and get you all wet, perfect to take anywhere, even to bed! Using one on the back of your neck can help cool you down.
And it you have a family, a day at the water or spray park, jump in when your hot, sit in the shade when your not… and spend some quality time with the "little ones"… take a picnic.
And a couple of FAILS
I have heard of people putting sheets and pillows in freezers before bed for a more comfortable sleep… I can see the pillow… but by the time I remake the bed with the sheets from the freezer, those sheet wouldn't be cold anymore!
A friend suggested eating spicy food, it apparently drops your body temperature and makes you sweat. Personally, I don't need any help sweating, and spicy food doesn't agree with my tummy, so nope, not for me!
Do you have any tips or tricks to BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT?