If you’re anything like me, then this heat is killing you.

I’ve been feeling so mentally strong lately, and we get some freakish heatwave and suddenly I’m losing control again.

 

Mental health is so susceptible to environmental changes, such as temperature, and sadly one of the more common side effects of anti-depressants is also sweating and heat intolerance. For me, this means that I’ve gone from someone who could work out at the gym without breaking much of a sweat, to now not being able to do simple tasks without overheating. Walks into town will be completely draining and sitting in restaurants without air con frequently lead to me wondering if I’ve finally wet myself in public or if it’s just sweat.

Gorgeous image isn’t it?

Well in the summer, it just gets worse.

I mean, it’s Britain so we can’t cope with anything other than overcast dry days, but because we have heat so infrequently, it really leaves us hanging.

Symptoms of overheating include:

Sweating
Nausea
Dizziness
Headaches
Difficulty breathing and Hyperventilation
Mental confusion
Pale clammy skin

Now let’s look at some symptoms of anxiety:

Sweating
Nausea
Dizziness
Headaches
Difficulty breathing and Hyperventilation
Mental confusion
Pale clammy skin

 

So it’s easy to see why the heat may trigger, or worsen anxiety!

keeping cool with anxiety

Here are some tips for keeping cool, and helping keep those jitters at bay when it’s too warm to do any exercise or cook something hearty

  1. Wet a towel – towels hold a lot of moisture for a long time, and will catch any breeze in the vicinity! Put it on the back of your neck, or pulse points for maximum benefit.
  2. Buy a fan – get a cheap desk fan and then put a bowl of ice water in front of it. It will pick up the cool moisture in the air and help you feel cooler.
  3. Open the windows and/or keep the curtains closed – it’s a delicate balance!
  4. Keep hydrated – sweat is the body’s natural coolant, and it needs fluids to do its job, as well as stopping you from getting horrendous headaches.
  5. Avoid too much caffeine – speaking of fluids, it’s an anxiety trigger, and can cause the physical symptoms that convince your brain that you are more anxious or hotter than you actually are!
  6. Belly breaths – hyperventilation is when you breathe from the top of your chest, and means you need to breathe more often to get all the oxygen that you need. Take slow and deep breaths from the bottom of your belly. Try to make your belly stick out as much as possible and this slow steady breathing will not only calm you, but also reduce the activity your body needs to do.
  7. Calming activities – now it’s probably too hot for candles, but you could take a chilled bath, treat yourself to a chilled milkshake, or I like to have a spray of the herbal “Rescue Remedy” which gives me a lovely calming feeling.
  8. If you take Propanalol, or other beta-blockers, these work on the physical symptoms of anxiety, returning them to their normal rate. My anxiety is usually mental, but in the summer months I do find it useful for stilling my beating heart.

 

Any more tips?