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Tips For Staying Safe In Heatwaves

FullSizeRender(5)I can’t be the only one that has a love hate relationship when it comes to summer and hot weather.  You want to be outside enjoying yourself, but you overheat too quickly. You spend most of the day walking around like a zombie after been awake all night, and your are either coping with auras and seizures or worried that due to the heat something is bound to appear soon. Then you worry about worrying – that awful cycle.

I used to always dread summer, and it would be a time where my health would decline. Thankfully, the last few summers have been good and here are 5 tips that I follow.

I hope these help, even now I am learning more things to help me stay protected from the heat.

  1. Stay hydrated

This is a really important tip. The moment you feel thirsty grab a cold drink. Avoid teas and coffees and energy drinks as the high caffeine content may dehydrate you.

I have bought myself a glass drinking bottle, and it is always in the fridge with lovely cold water waiting for me, and if I’m going out I can take it with me.

 

  1. Apply plenty of sun cream

You may think this sounds obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t bother.  I will also share this tip I recently learnt. When buying sun cream check the UVA & UVB star rating as well as the SPF. As we know, UVA & UVB protection blocks the harmful rays from the sun, so if your sun creams UVA & UVB rating is low it’s not protecting you from the harmful rays. If you’re worried that good sun cream will be expensive, it won’t. I bought a SPF50 sun cream with a UVA star rating of 5 (the best) for £1.50.

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This suncream gives 5* UVA protection and medium SPF protection

It’s also useful to renew sun creams every year, to make sure they are working their best.

 

  1. Head for shade

When out and about be mindful of how long you are staying in the sun, especially during the middle of the day. Don’t push yourself if you start to feeling hot or tired and take a break and relax in the shade.

 

  1. Invest in a fan

It’s never a good thing when your sleep gets interrupted because of humid nights. It’s important that we get our rest! Fans can be an excellent solution to this problem.  Tower fans are usually good as they are not pushing hot air around, and they are not too expensive.

  1. Relax

Last but not least, relax! One of the worse things that you can do in hot weather is exhaust yourself. Its only natural that you are going to have busy schedules, and that combined with hot weather can be a dangerous mix, especially if sleep has been disturbed during the night. The most important thing you can do is recognise when you are feeling a little depleted and take a break, head for shade and have a drink.

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I hope these few tips have been helpful,

Hope you all enjoy the sun, stay safe.

Thanks for reading,

Becky 🙂

 

 

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Fathers Day, Thank you Dad

Hello, happy father’s day everyone! Today I have decided to talk about my dad.

There is no mistake that everyone in my family was effected when I was first diagnosed with epilepsy, but for my Dad I think it was a little different. I saw a type of fear in his eyes, I was his only daughter and up until that point he had been able to protect me from everything  I had feared, and now I was facing something massive that neither of us could control.

I know my parents didn’t have a clue what was happening when I had my first seizure at 14. As I have mentioned in a previous post, my dad noticed that my lips went blue straight after I fell unconscious, believing that I was choking he put his finger in my mouth a bid to clear my airways. This is when the seizure began. Obviously I bit his finger and he needed stitches. I was horrified when I discovered what happened – probably more than I was about the seizure.  (note: don’t put fingers etc. in people’s mouths when they are have a seizure, you’ll be sorry)

Over the years my dad has been a huge support to me from being; my taxi, my counsellor, my mentor, my mechanic, my handyman,  my friend,  my father. There is no one quite like him. He will do the utmost to support his family. He has always put my health and wellbeing as a high priory, something which can hard to recognise as a teenager, but today with controlled epilepsy I cannot help but look to

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Thought this years card was apt!

my Dad and thank him for everything, as I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without his love and support.

 

Thanks for reading,

Becky 🙂