...of course, Self-Care is vitally important generally, but you get what I mean.
If you're in the middle of a heatwave like we are in the UK, then your Self-Care game needs to be sharp.
People with mental health problems - hi! - may find ourselves affected by the heat, and we and people with other disabilities need to be especially careful.
Wendy @ What the Log Had to Say wrote a cool (geddit?) post about the effect of summer on mental health, also including the pressures of socialising.
Of course, taking care of yourself in the heat is important regardless of what disabilities you do or do not have.
I'm just pointing out that it's especially important for those of us who may be affected the most.
Let's take a look at 3 basic but important things you can do to take care of yourself in the heat:
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2. Don't rush and over-exert
Everything takes longer in the heat. Everything is difficult in the heat. Everything takes more energy than you think it will.
Just let it take longer, k? Fighting in will just take up more energy. Heat stroke and/or exhaustion are no fun.
3. Protect your skin
OK, I know it's boring and annoying but you have to protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is bad. And it can and does happen. It's easier to protect yourself now than to suffer the effects later on.
And my fellow white people?
You need to be extra careful. We have less natural defence against sun damage. If you have very fair skin, you need to be more careful again.
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Tans are not worth the burning and the damage. Get fake tan if you're really that keen on it.
While People of Colour usually have more natural protection than us white people, you still need to protect yourself from the hidden damage.
Use sun cream. Cover your arms. Stay in the shade where possible.
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