While for some, Summer tends to be synonymous to being on holiday and to a period of relaxation, phases of intense heat can be far from relaxing for many others. Periods of heat waves, increased humidity, dry hot winds, all can bring with them added stress, frustration and exhaustion. In this blog I will write three tips with some ideas on how we can take care of our family during such weather.
- Encouraging each other to drink water regularly
This may possibly sound like one of the most obvious tips, but in reality, how many of us actually forget to drink water in our day-to-day lives up until the point where we are feeling very dry and thirsty? A little tip is to get into the habit of reminding the people we spend our day with to drink water. Perhaps, even better, offer each other a refill of water whenever one of you remembers. This will increase the likelihood of someone mentioning drinking a glass of water even while you were not thinking about this yourself.
- Check on the family members who you know will particularly struggle during such periods
It is often a very nice experience when others let us know that they are thinking of us. This is especially so during periods where we are struggling or not feeling well. I would like to encourage you to extend this same thoughtfulness to family members or friends who you know struggle particularly during periods of hot weather. This can be shown in a number of different ways, such as giving them a call to see how they are, or perhaps checking if they need any grocery shopping done when you are about to do your own shopping.
- Plan around the hottest periods of the day
While sometimes it is possible to stay home or indoors during periods of hot weather, some other commitments might require us to go out of the home. Have a look at your family’s day plan and see if there are any changes that you can make in order for appointments and errands to fall out of the hottest periods of the day. Also be mindful of your family pet if you have one and their routine; such as the importance of walking your dog either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature is cooler.
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Rebecca Cassar is a Family Therapist practicing the Systemic Approach. She specializes in offering therapy to families, couples and individuals who are experiencing distress in their relationships. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 79291817