23 Jul Keep Cool
While you’re busy caring for your patients and educating pet owners on how to keep their pets cool – don’t forget about yourself!
We all love the sunshine, however, unless you’re in an air-conditioned office you’re probably a little bit hot right now!
Here are some top tips to help you keep cool:
- Whether you’re in the practice, the office or at home, closing the blinds will keep your rooms cool. If you’re leaving the house to go to work, then leave the blinds/curtains closed. The rooms should be cooler when you return, then you can open the windows in the evening and get some air flow.
- Dress smart. Wardrobe choices are key in the struggle to stay cool. Synthetic fibres trap heat so, if you can, wear loose natural fibres like cotton. Try and stick to lighter colours as dark colours absorb heat.
- Buy yourself a fan. You may think you’re just blowing around hot air but at least you’ll create a breeze. If you can, put a bowl of ice in front of the fan and create some air conditioning of your own.
- KEEP HYDRATED! This is very important in the heat. Water is your best friend; drink it, put some in a spray bottle and spray on your skin for immediate effect, or run your wrists under a cold tap, this will help to cool the body down. Hey, you could even dunk your feet in a bowl of water (perhaps at home though, not in the office!)
- If you’re lunching outside remember to stay in the shade. The sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm.
- Keep an ice pack in your lunch box and the fruit bowl (and anywhere else you have space!), they are cheap to purchase and will keep your lunch items cool all morning.
- Slow down… avoid vigorous exercise if you can. Your body is already working just that little bit harder to regulate your body temperature.
- Think cool. Close your eyes and imagine a snow scene outside…it works! Research has shown the body reacts to daydreams, and imagining a snowy scene can help reduce body temperature.
- And rest whenever possible (!)
We hope these tips will help to get you through your day.