Summer wellness tips to stay productive

summer wellness tips to stay productive

12/04/2021

Working from home may have been challenging almost for a year now, but it's likely going to become a bigger challenge over the summer. To ensure that you're able to stay productive this summer, try the following tips.

Sit in a ventilated place

Your workspace should be airy. Keep the windows open and the curtains down. So, there is a right amount of airflow without sunshine.

Move More, Drink More!

Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week. Drink plenty of fluids; drink water every 20 or 30 minutes. Setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water. Make sure to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day.

Keep Cool in Extreme Heat

Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone, but it may be especially dangerous for people with chronic medical conditions. Stay hydrated. Eat fresh fruits & drink fresh juice or electrolyte-enriched drinks.

How does heat affect the body?

A person's body temperature must stay in the range of 36.1 – 37.8°C. If the temperature goes above this, a person may develop a heat-related illness like dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and worsening of existing medical conditions.

When the weather is hot, the body works much and if the person is already dehydrated, then it is more difficult for a person to sweat. Hence more intake of water is very critical because it acts as an energy booster during summer.

One simple way to get more water is to eat more foods that are high in water like

  • Lettuce: 96% water
  • Cabbage: 92% water
  • Watermelon: 91% water
  • Cantaloupe: 90% water

Who is at risk?

Everyone needs to take care in hot weather but some people are at greater risk than others, including:

  • People over the age of 75
  • Pregnant women and young children
  • People who are overweight or obese
  • People who constantly sit at one place (like work from home)
  • People with chronic diseases (e.g. heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes etc)
  • People who take certain medications.

 

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

Heat exhaustion is the body's response to the loss of water and salt, typically through sweating. Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness and/or confusion
  • Clammy skin
  • Muscle cramps