Heat and How to Cope!

9 July, 2018

How to deal with the warmer weather!?

Summer 2018 has already proved to be quite unbelievable, England made their way into the semi-finals of the World Cup and we have temperatures rivalling Spain! Whilst it is proving to be a great summer, consideration for health and wellbeing may be neglected a little due to numerous BBQ’s, beers and potentially forgetting to apply sun cream!

 

Here are some top tips to ensure you stay healthy and keep cool this summer!

  1. Stay hydrated! The risk of dehydration is heightened in warmer weather, so ensure you’ve always got some water to hand! Whilst at work, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of water with you at your desk at all times
  2. Eat foods with a high water content to get additional hydration – for example a healthy salad, or fruit! Prep your salad the evening before and take into work to reduce your chances of choosing something unhealthy at the canteen
  3. Try to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake as this also contributes to dehydration. Try a hot water and lemon slice in the morning instead of your usual tea or coffee
  4. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather! Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best!
  5. Ensure that if you’re out in direct sunlight, you try to stay in the shade where possible and wear a hat to block the sun from your head
  6. Make sure you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from any damage from the sun and ensure they are approved for use in the sun
  7. Wear sun cream! This is hugely important and is often overlooked by people, resulting in visual sun burn and a greater risk of melanoma
  8. Keep your blinds, curtains, shutters closed in the day, to avoid rooms overheating
  9. Invest in a fan for use in your home / office
  10. Try to limit physical activity to the cooler times of the day, either the morning or later on in the evening
  11. Take a cold bath, or shower to lower your body temperature if you’re feeling warm!
  12. If you have pets, ensure that they are kept cool too and have regular access to water
  13. If your workplace is hot and your employer will allow it, why not try coming into work early and leave early, to ensure you are not overheating at work

 

To find out more information on the risks associated with dehydration and heat stroke please click here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/#tips-for-coping-in-hot-weather

 

Creating awareness of sun safety in the workplace is relevant for all employees, whether they work indoors, or outdoors. Steps should be taken to address the potential damaging effects of lack of awareness surrounding the subject for all employees.

New Leaf Health currently offer two services linking to sun protection and skin cancer, you can choose from our highly popular onsite mole checks, or our cancer prevention awareness day, for more information please contact either email enquiries@newleafhealth.co.uk or give us a call on 01384 877 855

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