It may sound like I am preaching to you in this article, but there is so little we do to actually protect ourselves from harmful UV rays, and ensure that our health is a main priority during the summer months. While it hasn’t exactly been a scorching UK summer, we certainly still need to be taking certain measures to ensure that we are protecting ourselves. So I thought I would share with you some of the basics once more, in the hope it may prompt you to change some habits.
Suncream may be something that we are all aware of, but the truth is, we are less likely to apply it enjoying a summer’s day here in the UK as we are when abroad on holiday. We can often think that the strength of the sun isn’t as apparent, but we couldn’t be further from the truth. The UK has been known to be hotter than Spain or other common holiday destinations during certain points of the year, which is why when the sun shines we still need to apply that sunscreen to protect our skin from burning and harmful UV rays. Also avoid being out when the sun is at its strongest, normally around midday.
Ensure you protect your eyes
Sunglasses can often be seen as the accessory of choice for any summer outfit, but are they really protecting your eyes from harmful rays? Can you even see in them? The fact is, many of us need prescription glasses on a day to day basis, so why shouldn’t our sun shades be prescription as well? A decent pair of sunglasses can block out the UV rays from the sun to ensure that our eyes stay healthy.
Keep yourself hydrated
Water is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle, but it is more important than ever on hot days to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of water makes sure that your body temperature regulates as well as replacing lost fluids from your body due to perspiration.
It is hard to go about our daily routine when the sun is shining. But many of us still have jobs to do and places to be, but in these circumstances try and not overheat yourself. Keep water with you at all times, where looser fitted clothing with breathable materials, and ensure that you get some fresh air at times. Especially when working in a stuffy office.
Use it an opportunity for a lifestyle change
Finally, summer presents the perfect chance to give your lifestyle a little overhaul. It is easier than ever to indulge in fresh salads and vegetables, as well as lighter meals. Exercise becomes a possibility as well with the days being longer, enabling you to get out for a run or head to the gym. If you feel like you want to make some healthier changes to your lifestyle, then summer is always a great time to start.
I hope this helps you to protect yourself for the rest of this summer, now let’s hope the sun shines a little more.