August 11, 2022

Looking after mental health in hot weather

Heatwaves, or long periods of hot weather, are becoming more and more commonplace in our lives. As the sun shines, it can be easy to forget that weather affects our individual health as well as being an indicator of the impact on the climate around us.

In order to keep well, we must remind ourselves what we can do to better our own wellbeing and look after our planet.

The hot weather we are experiencing can cause many changes to everyday life. This includes disruption to travel, food supply and the economy. These are all things that can impact our mental health and cause us to experience more stress. It is important not to ignore these feelings, as hot weather can affect our sleeping, eating and work. This can enforce changes in our normal routines and impact on our mood.

We’ve put together this handy tip list to look after our mental health during these times:

  • Plan a routine specifically for warmer days. If possible, keep out of the sun when temperatures peak between 11am and 3pm.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and eat throughout the day.
  • Open your windows at night when the temperature is cooler and keep them shut during the day. Close curtains and blinds to keep the sun out.
  • Some medications may increase our sensitivity to sunlight or cause us to sweat more and experience muscle weakness. If you’re concerned about any side effects you’re experiencing then do speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Nature is good for our wellbeing and going outside during cooler times of day will make it much easier. It may also be a good opportunity to take notice of your surroundings at a time you may not be familiar with.
  • Be kind to yourself by not expecting to be as productive as you might be on cooler days.
  • Seek support from our Get help now page if you need to.

We must remember to look after ourselves during these periods of extreme weather, as it reflects the impact of the climate crisis on the world we live in. More than ever, we must remember not only to look after ourselves, but the planet.

Read more about mental health and climate change.

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