Day umpteen of blistering 100-whatever degrees, and can we all agree, it’s getting to be a bit too much. Last month was the warmest June since at least 1850, and there’s no sign of relief from this relentless heat. If fun in the sun has started feeling like a drag, fear not, Betties, we’ve got your back (plus A/C)!
As a Betty, you know that true well-being involves caring for your gynecology, mental health, and wellness. So, as this heatwave challenges us all, we’ve got the need-to-knows to protect your whole-self health during this summer scorcher.
STAY DRY DOWN THERE
Where there is heat, there is sweat and swimming. For vagina-owners, all this mugginess creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive which increases the risk of yeast infections. *womp womp* So make the right moves for your GYN health! Finished taking a dip in the pool? Shimmy on out of that wet swimsuit. Grill out left you with sweaty? Get outta those soggy shorts.
Choosing the right fabrics can help prevent those moisture-related issues, mentioned above. Opt for loose-fitting clothing made from natural, breathable materials like cotton or linen. These fabrics allow air to circulate, preventing excess heat and sweat from becoming trapped against your skin.
SLATHER ON THAT SPF
Where there is heat, there is sun. But protecting your skin from harmful UV rays isn’t just about preventing sunburns; it’s a crucial part of your overall wellness routine! UV radiation can accelerate skin aging, lead to sunspots, and increase the risk of skin cancer. So, before you head outdoors, make sure to generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. And remember: SPF isn’t a one-and-done rub. You need to reapply every two hours for maximum protection!
EAT YOUR WATER
You know the drill: Chug! That! Water! (even if you aren’t thirsty! ) Dehydration can kick in quickly during the hot summer months, so keep a water bottle on your person. While sipping water throughout the day is crucial, what you eat can help keep your body a hydration station, too. Enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, oranges, and strawberries. These delicious treats will quench your thirst and provide essential vitamins and minerals to keep you feeling your best.
TAKE IT INSIDE
We’re big fans of outdoor movement around here. But when temps hit the 90s, the sweat ain’t worth the squeeze, y’all. Exercising in these conditions can lead to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke. To keep your bod safe and fitness routine on track, take your workouts indoors during peak heat hours. Hit the gym for some A/C exercise sessions, or bring your fitness in-house and try virtual fitness classes at home!
PLAN AROUND THE HEAT
Like I said up top: my mental health is straight melting under this scorching sun. Anyone else? *sigh* While you can’t will the weather from unbearable to tolerable (though, sign me up for that superpower, please), you can plan activities with the weather in mind to avoid potential stressors and ensure an enjoyable experience! Schedule your outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, like early mornings or late evenings, and seek shade during peak heat hours. Taking a thoughtful approach to your plans can create a more-relaxed environment – less frustration, irritation, overexertion + exhaustion.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
The summer break might have you feeling like saying yes to every lake day! Barbecue! Pool party! Hold your horses, Betties. Your body knows best, Betties. So if you’re feeling dizzy, fatigued, or sense a headache coming on, pay attention to these body cues and respond accordingly. Heat-related illnesses can sneak up quickly, so being mindful of your body is essential.
We want you to do more than survive during the dog days of summer but thrive! Utilize our team of providers to support your whole-self health, offering virtual and in-person care for your gynecology, mental health, and wellness. Stay body-smart and heat-savvy, Betties.