Having just emerged from a four day heat advisory warning, nearly every conversation I have had has been heated. Seriously, I asked my class yesterday if they noticed the weather was having an effect on their attitude. At first I was met with questioning looks but once I described how I kind of hated my whole family because we were all suffering from weather-related grumpiness, heads began to nod. The crazy hot weather makes it really difficult to tolerate your fellow humans and their annoying ways. I am not really sure if their ways are more annoying, or if I am simply more annoyed because I am hot & bothered (not in the good way).
One year, the air conditioning in my car went out during an Arizona summer and I had to drive to and from work without A/C until I could have it repaired. Needless to say, I channeled my inner sailor while driving and glared balefully at passers-by. Even with A/C, you still arrive half-baked since the cold air merely hits the front of you while the back is a sweaty mess stuck to the car seat. Aside from pregnancy, there is no other period of time that is more taxing than summer in terms of being uncomfortable and still going on about your business. I suppose it may be reversed in cold climates where cabin fever sets in during snowstorms. From keeping children entertained and getting the dog out for a walk without frying their poor little pads, life goes on, and as adults, it's up to us to keep things going.
Of course one of the best ways to manage the heat is to stay hydrated. As I often say, take water wherever you go. If you don't need it, your car might. I use reusable stainless steel water bottles like the one pictured above. Take a look at this infographic to see the life cycle of a plastic water bottle. www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/curriculum/outdoored/programs/waterbottlefactpages.pdf
There are lots of different methods for determining how much water a person should drink but I prefer the quick and dirty method of noticing the color of your urine. Pale yellow or clear tells you that you're getting the proper amount of fluid, whereas darker color (except the first urine of the day) tells you to drink up! Here are a couple of great videos from asap science explaining what happens when we consume too little or ingest too much water.
In addition to staying hydrated, give yourself a little extra time to breathe, get where you're going and manage your frustrations. It's gonna be a long summer but we can get through it. With a little planning and a bit of understanding, maybe we will all be less hot & bothered?
WOW: For tips on wise water use in every aspect of your life check out this site- wateruseitwisely.com/