January, the first month of a new year marks the end of Harmattan and the beginning of the dry season according to the Nigerian climate calendar. It is however important to pay attention to the changing weather and how it affects our all round health and well being. Around this time a lot of people might catch a cold or suffer from the sniffles, curiously some others might suffer from an eruption of heat rashes on the skin and other heat related ailments.
Whether at work or school, the last thing you want is a breakdown so here are some useful tips to ensure you ease yourself gently along with the change in weather.
Invest in a water bottle to carry water about as opposed to re-using a PET bottle which becomes old and scruffy over time. Hydration ensures that the immune system is operating at an optimum level. It also cools the organs and eradicates free radicals in the system.
2. Ventilate your surroundings
To avoid heat rashes it is important to keep our homes and offices well ventilated especially with the poor power supply. Use a mosquito net where necessary. Getting enough oxygen while asleep is good for the brain
3. Put a lump of ice in your bath water
It still gets chilly in the mornings so this is not advisable at the moment. However when it does get hotter, get creative.
4. Wear breathable fabrics and colours
Yes, we realize that you will most likely not be spending all your time lying in a hammock snoozing and reading. You will most likely be sitting at your desk. However you can still take advantage of the weather to upgrade your wardrobe to light and colourful items. Think Cotton, Chambray and Linen.
5. Stay in the shade
As much as is possible stay in the shade and out of the sun’s UV rays. And when you find that you can’t, make use of sunglasses like this cool cat. They are a chic fashion accessory anyway.