Coping with the heat

Can you feel the heat? Is your thirst unquenchable? Do you feel a constant need for watermelons? Does fatigue haunt you throughout the day? It takes no Einstein to discover the reason – summer, it is!

We spend days planning our summers so that we can escape the heat, but sometimes things don’t happen as we wish and we end up spending our summer in Chennai.

Here are a few tips and tricks to go about this summer. The first one being water, drink lots of water that will help you stay hydrated. Juices, tender coconut and buttermilk will help to quench your thirst. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Make sure you eat a regular and a well-balanced meal consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables or salads. Avoid drinking cold water when you step in right from the sun.

Use hats and umbrellas to cover your head when going outdoors. Even your eyes need protection, use sunglasses that give protection from UV rays. Make sure you plan your travel in the morning or evening. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen or any prickly heat powder before leaving your house. Wearing light colored clothes are preferable as it absorbs less heat. Be aware of heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, etc.

Not only humans, even animals and birds feel the heat. So, keep a bowl of water at your terrace or balcony to keep them at ease and help their thirst. Pet owners must always check their pet’s water bowl and refill them from time to time. Try not to keep your pets outdoor for too long, even if it’s in the shade. These steps will help your pets or any other animal pull off a comfortable summer.

There’s not all bad about summers. It is that time of the year when many plan some quality time with family and friends. Numerous movies are released in this season that can be enjoyed with friends. For sports buffs, we have the IPL going on and the world’s biggest sporting event – The FIFA World Cup 2014 just around the corner. It is also the most popular time for family vacations and outings.

With a little bit of caution and so much to do, summers cab be so much fun. Take care and enjoy this season with your family and friends.


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