Usually, the weather in Scotland can be quite changeable and during the Summer it is common to experience four seasons in one day! While most of us welcome hot weather, when it’s too hot, your physical and mental health can suffer. Heat can increase your stress levels, irritability, memory, attention, and reaction time, as well as your sleep pattern.

Here are some ways you can beat the heat:

Find some shade

Keep out of the sun if you can. When you have to go outside, try and stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm which is usually the hottest part of the day. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, hat and lightweight comfortable clothes. 

Drink alcohol in moderation 

When the sun is shining brightly, and people’s spirits are high, people are often led to one of the many pop up beer gardens that appear during the festival.  

Unfortunately, the sun and alcohol are not always the best match. Alcohol causes dehydration which can be felt even more when your body is already trying to adjust to the hotter weather. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness or confusion, and headaches. If untreated, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion. If possible, try isotonic sports drinks to replenish lost salts, sugars, and fluids. 

Drinking alcohol might make it more difficult to sleep well at night, which is already a challenge in warm weather. Although you may sleep quickly, the quality of your sleep is likely to be lacking and you’ll probably wake up earlier than usual.  

Try to drink in moderation and remember to drink plenty of water too. 

Limit physical activity 

Avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day. Although it’s best to avoid too much disruption to your usual routine, even when the temperatures are high, sometimes it has to be done. It may be hard to convince yourself to go for an early morning run when your bed is calling you but exercising in the middle of the afternoon can be dangerous and you may run the risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. 

Take the temperature into account when planning you day and limit your activity to when it’s cooler. If you find yourself trekking across the city to new venues, make sure you drink lots of water and take breaks. 

If you need some professional support for your mental health, speak to your doctor. They can help you to access support and appropriate treatment. You can also find details of our support services on our enquiry page. 

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