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Dealing with the Summer heat.

When it comes to Summer, I am a total sun worshiper. I love sitting out on beautiful days, dining al fresco and getting the paddling pool ready for Joe whilst eating copious amounts of ice cream. I love Summer dressing, sandals and sun dresses, leaving the coat behind and wearing something cool and floaty. I love the scent of barbecues in the air, wearing Clarins perfume that smells just like suntan lotion and watching the tennis at Wimbledon, or the cricket at the T20 blast. Summer is just perfect isn’t it.


At the Cricket with my boy.
At the Cricket with my boy.

Errr, no, not quite. Because along with all the gorgeous things mentioned above, we have Hay Fever, nights when it is so hot you can’t get comfortable enough to sleep, and sunburn – especially on children who won’t stay in the house for more than five minutes during the holidays. So, with all this in mind, I have a few tips for making those pesky summer irritants just a little bit easier.

Hay Fever

I wrote a post about Haymax a short while ago, because I genuinely feel that this makes a great difference, and, as a balm, it is so easy to apply, and is small enough to be kept in  your handbag for flare ups. In addition, stock up on the Piriton tablets – there is absolutely no need to suffer through Hay Fever – tackle it head on!

Not sleeping at night

Our homes are designed to keep us warm and insulated, and unfortunately they do just that, even when what we really want is for them to keep us cool and comfortable. There are some things you can do to combat it – change the duvet for a thin Summer one, or remove it all together and use a thin cotton sheet as a layer. I leave of the pjs and just sleep in a vest which is less likely to get twisted around as I move in my sleep. Small bedroom fans can also give some relief, and you could also invest in a portable air conditioner which have come down in price considerably now at places like Amazon.

Avoiding the Sunburn

This is so important, especially for our children. We may walk up in the morning to a dull day, but then the sun emerges when the children are at school, and, one hot dinner time later, our kids have sunburn or sunstroke. My advice is to put the lotion on before the go to school, and then check school policy on sending the bottle in with them – some schools openly encourage it. Make sure your child wears a cap or a hat each day, and keep them comfortable in thinner layers. Also, find out the school policy on bringing a water bottle so that they are also kept hydrated whilst running around in the sun.



Please add your tips for getting cool in the sun in the comments box below.


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  • Anna

    Summer heat is fantastic to me! i know some people suffer due to health problems 🙁 and of course sunburns! I unlucky this year, cant spend much on sun 🙁

  • Lubka Henry

    Some great points here. Since I moved to the UK about 6 years ago and spent my first summer in London under the constant rain, I’ve been going back home for 2 months over the summer – I just can’t miss the real summer heat. But it all comes at a cost, as you say – sun burn, hay fever and no sleep.

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