Day six of the UK heatwave and I’m not a happy bunny. Yes, I realise that UK residents love nothing more than to moan about the weather… but hear me out. I’m a winter girl ok. You will NEVER catch me complaining about the cold. Cold is good in my world. In contrast, the sun is redundant.. I don’t enjoy lying in it, I’m not big on BBQs (which EVERYONE insists on having), and I don’t tan. The vampire complection is something that I rock all year round.
Heat also has an impact on my mental health, sometimes making me go full on crazy. It gets to the point where I can’t distinguish between anxiety and heat related symptoms
Over heated symptoms:
- My brain turns to mush. I lose my train of thought ten thousand times a day and forget how to do basic things such as; opening the fridge and inputting my card details to ASOS.
- I’m tired and feel drained of energy. Sometimes I worry that Dan will come home and find me face down on the breakfast table, snoring like a monster.
- My stomach goes weird. It’s a miracle that anything gets digested.
- I’m irritable and moody. (Basically I hate everything).
- I feel breathless, which leads to a very repetitive conversation with my brain:
Me: Is this is panic attack?
Brain: Nah, I think we’re just hot
Me: Are you sure? Because I’m definitely finding it hard to breathe.
Brain: Oh shit… maybe we are!
- Dull headaches
- Trouble sleeping
All of the above could also be attributed to anxiety, thus highlighting my problem.
They say that January makes people unhappy…. well NOT ME! Try 30 degree heat and a sunrise at 4am.
Still, not to worry, if the heat is also affecting your mental health. There are things that we can do to ease the symptoms.
In my opinion, the key is preparation. Don’t assume that ‘you’ll be fine,’ as this is the fastest way to find yourself sobbing on a busy tube (trust me).
- Buy a big bag of ice. Costs like £2 from the supermarket and should last a few weeks. It’s really not worth messing around with ice cube trays. Does anyone enjoy that juggling act from the sink to the freezer?
I like to wrap four or five cubs in a flannel and use as a cold compress, holding against key pressure points like; Wrists, neck and behind the knee. This will cool you down instantly.
- Invest in an electric fan. Don’t piss about buying a cheap model, as you tend to get what you pay for. I have this one at home and it works really well. Spray yourself with water first for extra effect.
- Keep a bottle/jug of water in the fridge at all times. Simple but amazing. Ice cold water feels incredible and will give you a burst of energy.
- Carry a bottle of water with you at all times. In this weather, don’t chance it. Dehydration is real.
- Use a scent that you find calming. Jasmine is my all time favourite and I wipe drops of it on my clothes in the morning. If I find myself struggling on public transport, I like to close my eyes and bury my face in the scent.
- Distract yourself. Freaking out about the heat sadly won’t solve the problem. It’s better to calm your brain by taking it somewhere else. At the moment I’m really into audiobooks.
Let me know if you have any tips of your own, I’d love to hear them.
Stay cool everyone! 🙂